WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence will fly to New York Friday, a trip that wasn’t announced until Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh cleared a procedural vote in the Senate.
The upper chamber voted 51-49 late Friday morning to end debate on Kavanaugh ahead of a final vote on Saturday.
If the vote had been 50-50, Pence would have been the tie-breaking vote, a constitutional duty assigned to the vice president.
Pence will attend two fundraising events for Congressional candidates in New York City Friday afternoon before returning to D.C., meaning that he will be in the nation’s capital in case he is required to cast a vote on Saturday.
The vice president’s schedule was not publicly released until a few minutes after the initial vote concluded.
Since assuming office, Pence has been summoned to the Capitol nine times to break a tie, according to Senate records.