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Brett Kavanaugh just took a BIG step toward the Supreme Court

Brett Kavanaugh just took a BIG step toward the Supreme Court

But she didn't look especially happy about it Friday.

In a crucial procedural vote along partisan lines, the U.S. Senate on Friday wrapped up the debate on the confirmation of a highly controversial Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, moving forward to the final floor vote.

Kavanaugh's confirmation was not just a chance for Republicans to shift the court to the right for what could be decades but was also a test of how public officials responded to the raw emotions unleashed by the allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh as part of the #MeToo movement. "Man. Man. He was gone so fast, O.K.?" he said to the crowd.

Because, make no mistake, in an election cycle that may well turn out to be the year of the woman, the Republican Party's treatment of Christine Blasey Ford and other Kavanaugh accusers as well the conduct of party leaders like Chuck Grassely have made amply clear that the GOP is the party of men.

The Senate vote was expected to be held midafternoon. He is up for re-election in West Virginia, a state Trump won overwhelmingly in 2016. Kavanaugh has denied the accusation. Republican Senator Joe Manchin joined with the rest of the Republicans to support Brett Kavanaugh. As the clerk read the names in alphabetical order, all eyes were on Murkowski. Why are they voting again Saturday, and what happens after that?

Then she took her seat, looking down with a stone-faced expression.

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Of the four lawmakers who had not revealed their decisions until Friday, Republican Sens. The two huddled in deep conversation.

On top if everything else, an old tweet from November 2017 has now come back to haunt Collins.

With the addition of Kavanaugh to the bench, the Supreme Court for the first time in a long time will be aligned ideologically.

Explaining why to reporters, Murkowski said, "I believe we're dealing with issues right now that are bigger than the nominee and how we ensure fairness and how our legislative and judicial branch can continue to be respected".

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., after speaking during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about an investigation, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington.

"This has truly been the most hard ... decision that I've ever had to make", she said.

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Moments after Collins concluded her speech, Manchin tweeted, "I will vote to support Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh".

Several Democrats conferred with Murkowski as well, including Minnesota Sen.

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley said that there aren't many women on the Senate Judiciary Committee because "it's a lot of work".

He cleared a procedural test on October 5, when senators voted 51-49 to advance his nomination to a final vote, which is expected to occur around 5 p.m. on October 6.

Senator Collins ended hopes she would side with her Democratic colleagues in the final vote, telling senate colleagues she did not believe the "charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court".

After weeks of intense debate, which has gripped the nation, the appeals court judge won vows of support on October 5, from two centrist senators, leaving no clear path in the Senate for Kavanaugh's opponents to block him. "If she votes for him, your money will go to fund her future opponent." According to Vox, the crowdfunding campaign was "launched by ALS patient and activist Ady Barkan, the grassroots community action organization Maine People's Alliance, and the activist and watchdog group Mainers for Accountable Leadership".

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