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When will the Senate vote on whether Brett Kavanaugh will be a Supreme Court Justice?

Kavanaugh protesters yell at Sen. Collins for voting ‘yes’ on procedural vote

Sen. Susan Collins, from Maine, told protesters outside her office she would vote “yes” in a procedural vote to move Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for Supreme Court Justice forward on October 5. They responded by yelling “no.”
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Sen. Susan Collins, from Maine, told protesters outside her office she would vote “yes” in a procedural vote to move Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for Supreme Court Justice forward on October 5. They responded by yelling “no.”

The Republicans appear to have the votes to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, and the Senate’s up-or-down vote will take place this afternoon.

Though the vote was initially expected to take place around 5 p.m. EDT, CSPAN is reporting that the vote will take place between 3:30 and 3:45 p.m. An NBC reporter confirmed that timeframe.

Observing the full and customary 30 hours of Senate debate after a procedural vote, like Friday’s when Kavanaugh passed 51-49 on a general floor vote, would put the final Kavanaugh vote in the neighborhood of 4:45 to 5 p.m. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the 30 hours of debate started Friday at 10:52 a.m.

But CSPAN reported that Senate rules would allow for a deal to move up the vote, so the vote could happen as early as 3:30 EDT. They must reach a “unanimous consent agreement,” agreeing that all senators have had a chance to have their say before the full 30 hours, according to CBS News.

Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told CBS News earlier in the day Saturday that he expected the vote to take place between 4 and 5 p.m.

What will happen?

Republican Sens. Collins and Flake and red-state Democratic Sen. Manchin have all announced they will vote to confirm Kavanaugh, paving the way for what will likely be the judge’s confirmation.

If no senator changes his or her Friday vote, Kavanaugh will likely be confirmed by a 50-48 vote, as Sen. Murkowski, R-Alaska, said she will vote “present,” while still opposed to Kavanaugh’s confirmation, since Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana, will be unable to make the vote as he attends his daughter’s wedding, according to NBC News.

Sen. Susan Collins stated that she will vote to confirm for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

How can I watch?

Cable news networks CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, and network television will air the vote.

You can also watch on CSPAN2 or the Senate’s official livestream.

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch waved away protesters opposed to the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court Justice and told them to “grow up” on Thursday, October 4. The exchange was captured on video by the campaign group #VOTEPROCHOICE.

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