Senate Votes To End Debate

Floor vote tomorrow afternoon

October 05, 2018 - 11:02 am

The Senate has pushed Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court past a key procedural hurdle.

The chamber voted 51-49 to move forward with President Donald Trump's nominee.

A final vote on Kavanaugh's nomination could occur over the weekend.

There's no guarantee that the senators who supported moving forward will back Kavanaugh on the final vote.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who voted to advance Kavanaugh, said she will announce her decision on confirmation later Friday.

Also voting to move the nomination forward was Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who had been undecided. But Alaska GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski voted against moving the nomination forward.

Kavanaugh's nomination has been imperiled by accusations of sexual misconduct. He forcefully denied the allegations.

Third District Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-SC) issued the following statement regarding the Senate vote:

“I applaud the Senate for voting to proceed to debate on Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be a Supreme Court Justice. I am proud of the Senators who have looked at the facts to reach the conclusion that he has the character and qualifications to sit on the bench. I want to encourage Senators that may be wavering to do the right thing for the American people and vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to serve as an Associate Justice. This is the right thing to do – let’s get it done for the American people.”

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