What They’re Saying About Kavanaugh on the Senate Floor

US Senate poised to confirm Kavanaugh to SC

A group of them climbed the Capitol steps, and some were led away by police. Joe Manchin on Friday after he said he'll vote yes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Kavanaugh becomes the nation's 114th Supreme Court justice and President Trump's second appointment to the court, creating a conservative majority on the nation's highest court for years to come.

"Based on all of the information I have available to me, including the recently completed Federal Bureau of Investigation report, I have found Judge Kavanaugh to be a qualified jurist who will follow the Constitution and determine cases based on the legal findings before him", the West Virginia senator stated.

Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 margin, and Saturday's vote seems destined to be almost party-line. Sen.

"This behavior revealed a hostility and belligerence unbecoming of someone seeking to be elevated to the Supreme Court", she said.

Manchin's announcement came after Republican Sen.

After the vote, the president called Kavanaugh to congratulate him, the White House said in a statement.

Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 margin, and Saturday's roll call vote seems destined to be almost party-line, with just a single defector from each side. And while the official vote has yet to take place on the Senate floor, her statement is an indicator that Kavanaugh will likely be confirmed-it means the Republicans will most likely have the majority they need. "I would say if we're talking about the Supreme Court and Judge Kavanaugh, I think he's highly qualified for the Supreme Court", Mrs. Trump said while speaking to reporters in Egypt during a solo worldwide trip to Africa.

A final vote has been set for Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.

Kavanaugh's nomination as a replacement for retiring justice Anthony Kennedy was controversial from the start - but the initial focus was exclusively on the conservative views held by the married father of two.

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"This nominee was interviewing for a job in front of the American people, and he was belligerent, evasive and aggressive", she said.

"The process that led to this vote today has been, in my view, a awful process, a gut-wrenching process, where good people have been needlessly hurt, where a woman who never sought the public spotlight was, I think, cruelly thrust into the brightest of spotlights", Murkowski said.

Gillibrand says women who've experienced sexual trauma are "tired of the same old scenario where the men are believed and the women are not". That would let Kavanaugh win by the same two-vote margin he'd have received had both senators voted.

Kavanaugh's opponents raised concerns that he'd push the court further right, including possible sympathetic rulings for Trump.

Collins and Murkowski are the only GOP senators who support abortion rights, a crucial issue in the Kavanaugh debate.

Speaking after the vote, McConnell said the protests against Kavanaugh over the past several weeks have "turned our base on fire". Steve Daines, R-Mont., who is attending his daughter's wedding in Montana.

His ascent to the Supreme Court was thrown into doubt last week after university research psychologist Christine Blasey Ford testified that he had sexually assaulted her at a Washington area party in the early 1980s. Angus King, I-Maine, who spoke before him, criticizing the judge's demeanor in his aggressive testimony last week before the Judiciary Committee.

Kerry Berchem, another Yale alum who knew both Kavanaugh and Ramirez, also claims to be in possession of texts that show the judge was preparing a defense against Ramirez's claims with friends before they were printed in the New Yorker on September 23.

But the Kavanaugh spectacle, fueled by extraordinary accusations and counter-claims in nationally televised hearings, and tense battles over an 11th-hour FBI investigation to address the assault allegations, has enflamed political passions.

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