Kavanaugh Nomination Progresses

Oct 4, 2018

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed for cloture yesterday on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination, allowing the chamber to vote on ending debate as early as 1 p.m. on Friday under the chamber’s rules. McConnell said yesterday that the chamber would vote on Kavanaugh this week, despite what he argued were attempts by Democrats to delay or stall the nomination.

If cloture is invoked, there will be up to 30 hours of debate on the nomination. When the debate time expires and/or yielded back, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Kavanaugh nomination as early as Saturday. That needs to pass with 51 votes, and Vice President Mike Pence could break any tie. 

Early this morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee received a sealed box containing the FBI’s supplemental background investigation report on Judge Kavanaugh. Two committee aides immediately delivered the sealed box to a vault in the Office of Senate Security, together with the FBI’s prior reports on Judge Kavanaugh going back to 1993. Following a bipartisan agreement between Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Feinstein yesterday, the Republican and Democratic senators are allotted equal time slots today for briefings. Senators would have to share a single copy, which would be kept in a secure facility behind closed doors.

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