Senate Confirms Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court Justice, 50-48 In a vote of 50-48, the Senate confirmed Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice on the Supreme Court.

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    Senate Session

    In a vote of 50-48 vote, the Senate confirmed Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice on the Supreme Court. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), who voted “no” on cloture and was the only Republican to oppose the nominee, used a Senate procedure called “pairing” to vote “present” in the final vote. She did so as a courtesy to Senator Steve Daines (R-MT), who was attending his daughter’s wedding that day. The procedure allows two senators who are voting in opposite ways to “pair” their votes, allowing one of the senators to be absent and…

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    Senator Collins on Kavanaugh Nomination

    Senator Susan Collins announced her support for Kavanaugh nomination for the Supreme Court. As Sen. Collins began her remarks, protesters in the Senate Gallery chanted, “vote no” on Kavanaugh. The Maine Republican said the Supreme Court confirmation process has become dysfunctional and also addressed the sexual assault charges against Brett Kavanaugh.

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    Senator Murkowski on Kavanaugh Nomination

    Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) explained her “no” vote to advance the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. She said the judge did not meet a “high standard” in his response to sexual assault allegations and that he is not the right person for the high court. She said she vote “present” on his confirmation, out of respect for Senator Daines was unable to be on the floor the day of the final vote.