McConnell takes key step toward Kavanaugh vote

Judge Brett Kavanaugh poses for photographs with Vice President Mike Pence and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) before a meeting in McConnell's office in the U.S. Capitol July 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh to succeed retiring Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has taken a key procedural step to begin voting on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

The Republican leader filed a motion setting up a Friday vote on whether to limit debate on Kavanaugh and move forward.

A simple majority of 51 votes will be needed for Kavanaugh’s nomination to advance. A final vote could come Saturday.

Senators delayed a vote on Kavanaugh so the FBI could conduct a background investigation into the allegations of sexual misconduct against him. Kavanaugh denies the allegations. The Senate Judiciary Committee expected to receive the report from the FBI Wednesday evening.

A handful of Republicans and Democrats have not decided whether to support Kavanaugh. Their votes will likely decide whether he is confirmed.

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4 comments

  • C

    This entire fiasco from beginning to the end. whenever that occurs, has caused severe, if not irreparable, damage to our country. Our system of government and all Americans have been severely harmed, and for as long as people have been saying that the country’s going to hell, maybe it’s gotten there.

  • Wings

    If there is any doubt in any of the senators minds they should vote NO.
    That said, they all should be voting NO as there is to many unanswered questions.
    Does not matter if you are a Republican or Democrat