Senate will hold the final confirmation vote on Saturday, moving forward with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Senate gathered on Friday for the closure vote where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will attempt to stop Democrat lawmakers from interfering and postponing the final decision for Kavanaugh’s position at Supreme Court.
The Senate decided to move onto the final step of the confirmation process with a vote of 51-49.
Republican Lisa Murkowski was the only one of her party to vote ‘no’ on the closure, whereas the only Democrat voting ‘yes’ was Joe Manchin.
Final voting on Kavanaugh is expected to be cast Saturday. The nominee will need a minimum of 51 votes to be appointed to his new position and replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the bench.
Republicans hold a 51 to 49 majority in the chamber, but several conservative lawmakers remained on the fence on whether or not Kavanaugh should be on the Supreme Court.
Senators Murkowski and Susan Collins were seen as the two most likely Republican lawmakers to oppose Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
Neither lawmaker had hinted about how they might vote on the judge, though Collins had announced that she will discuss how she plans to vote on Friday at 3 p.m., after the cloture procedure. Murkowski voted against the cloture, suggesting that she is unlikely to vote for full confirmation on Saturday.