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.
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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?
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.
How can I watch?
Cable news networks CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, and network television will air the vote.