After rough and tumble political upheaval, the U.S. Senate will begin to vote on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavansugh to the U. S. Supreme Court today.
According to many political reporters, Republicans have 48 of the 50 votes (Vice President Mike Pence would become the 51st in case of a tie) to approve Kavanaugh.
There are four unannounced senators at this time. Three Republicans – Sens. Jeff Flake, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski – and West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin.
The GOP needs just two of them.
The first cloture vote is scheduled for 10:30AM ET/7:30AM PT.
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Senate votes to advance Kavanaugh nomination on 51-49 procedural vote, final vote still to come.— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) October 5, 2018
BREAKING: Key votes: Sen. Murkowski votes no on procedural vote to advance Judge Kavanaugh to final Senate confirmation vote; Sens. Flake, Manchin and Collins vote yes. – @NBCNews— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) October 5, 2018
Yesterday, Senator Murkowski spent hours with female constituents who had been sexually assaulted.
Today, she voted no on moving forward with the Kavanaugh confirmation process.
That’s how democracy should work.
Your voice matters.— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) October 5, 2018