Published: Sun, October 07, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Brett Kavanaugh Confirmed by Senate as Supreme Court Justice

Brett Kavanaugh Confirmed by Senate as Supreme Court Justice

A final confirmation vote is expected Saturday.

At this point, it's hard to see how Democrats have enough support to tank Kavanaugh's confirmation. Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

Senators then endured a rare all-night session to satisfy the requirement of 30 hours of debate following yesterday's vote.

In the procedural ballot, senators voted 51-49 to limit debate, defeating Democratic efforts to scuttle the nomination with endless delays. Chuck Schumer. McConnel scheduled a vote on Kavanaugh's nomination Friday.

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The Senate vote takes the highest US court down a more conservative path for perhaps a generation and is a bitter blow to Democrats already chafing at Republican control of the White House and both chambers of the US Congress. "I know that my tone was sharp, and I said a few things I should not have said". Susan Collins (R-Maine) was also a holdout, but eventually announced she would be voting yes as well, saying that Kavanaugh told her he believes that Roe v. Wade - a case particularly feared to be overturned if another conservative judge was confirmed - is "settled law." Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, is the fourth undecided senator.

The dueling testimonies by Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh in front of the Senate last week provided one of the most memorable and partisan political spectacles in recent American history. Those accusations transformed the clash from a routine struggle over judicial ideology into an angry jumble of questions about victims' rights, the presumption of innocence and personal attacks on nominees. Jeff Flake to tell him about their experiences with sexual assault, and others traveled from ME and Alaska this week to talk to Sen.

We have to give a deserved shout-out, though, to Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. Stevens further confirmed that he no longer believes Kavanaugh is qualified for the high bench.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein: "The most notable part of this report is what's not in it". But she voted "present" out of respect for Sen.

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Republicans can only lose a single GOP vote if all Democrats vote against the nomination. The disruptions continued periodically throughout the roll call. He is heading to NY for a congressional fundraiser Friday but planned to be back in Washington for the final vote.

Senate Republicans, except for Lisa Murkowski, have stood by him in a move that could resonate, particularly with women voters, in the November 6 elections to determine control of the Senate and House of Representatives. If they don't, it will be delayed. Steve Daines, whose daughter is getting married out of town Saturday. "Only this time, instead of drunk college kids, it is US Senators who are deliberately ignoring his behaviour". But he said that after factoring in the Federal Bureau of Investigation report, "I have found Judge Kavanaugh to be a qualified jurist who will follow the Constitution".

Democrats don't seem to have the votes to keep Brett Kavanaugh from joining the Supreme Court, but that's not stopping them from taking to the Senate floor in a parade of speeches into the early morning against the conservative jurist.

Democrats have protested the way Republicans have handled the nomination and the FBI's inquiry, arguing that the parameters of the probe were inappropriately constrained.

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