Senate Republicans filed for a cloture vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday and wasted no time putting it into action the next day.
I was proud to file cloture on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination yesterday evening. And I will be proud to vote to advance his nomination tomorrow.
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) October 4, 2018
Mitch McConnell gave an impassioned speech, condemning the Democrats despicable smear campaign to keep Kavanaugh from taking the highly esteemed seat.
Mitch McConnell: "For goodness sakes, this is the United States of America! Nobody is supposed to be guilty until proven innocent in this country." pic.twitter.com/M7TMKageK7
— The Hill (@thehill) October 5, 2018
Unsurprisingly, McConnell’s strong statements raised polarizing reactions, but that didn’t stop the procedural vote from taking place:
My god, Mitch McConnell is such an insufferable asshole.
— Caroline Orr (@RVAwonk) October 5, 2018
One of Mitch McConnell’s finest moments
— Rich Lowry (@RichLowry) October 5, 2018
Out of four key swing votes, Sens Flake, Collins and Manchin voted to move Kavanaugh forward. While Sen Lisa Murkowski voted ‘no.’
On Kavanaugh Cloture:
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) October 5, 2018
That would be enough to push Kavanaugh forward with the bare miniumum of 51 ‘yay’ votes needed.
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) October 5, 2018
Republicans needed this vote to move forward, but it doesn’t become official until the final vote that is expected to happen over the weekend. The battle is certain to intensify as key vote Sen. Susan Collins floated she hasn’t determined her ‘final’ vote, despite helping to pass him through.
Sen. Susan Collins said she will vote to advance Kavanaugh’s nomination today. This afternoon, she'll announce her decision on his final confirmation vote, which is set for Saturday https://t.co/y1svldLOOV pic.twitter.com/nNiB1CFnE9
— POLITICO (@politico) October 5, 2018
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