WASHINGTON – Tonight, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) filed a cloture motion to end debate on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to ascend to the Supreme Court. To invoke cloture, McConnell needs just sixteen senators to vote yea.
During the vote, Republican Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) says, “I urged the president to nominate a different individual. I urged the president to nominate a woman”
The motion needs both a layover day, as well as a day to ripen, before fifty-one votes for passage may take place on Friday. With that vote, debate and filibuster will end and a final confirmation vote can take place on Saturday.
Senator McConnell has preempted waiting for the FBI’s supplemental report, due to be viewed by the senate in the morning after the president has viewed it.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says of the viewing process:
“Get this — one copy! For the United States Senate,” he says. “That’s what we were told. And we were also that we would be given one hour for the Dems, one hour for the Republicans. Alternating.”
“We tried to reserve some time to read it. That is ridiculous. One copy?!”
Doug Christian, Washington