Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate - but Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) isn't expected to vote due to medical issues that make it hard for him to travel to Capitol Hill. John McCain, R-Ariz., at home getting treatment for brain cancer.
Opposition figures wasted no time in assailing Kavanaugh, warning his confirmation would usher in the erosion of civil liberties and long-held rights, while conservatives were quick to drum up support for the nominee.
Heller is running for reelection in a state Hillary Clinton won. But in a sign of unity with Trump, he accepted an invitation to Trump's Monday announcement of Kavanaugh. Other senators on this list declined that invite. The value of residences is not subject to disclosure, and Shah added that Kavanaugh has a government retirement account worth almost half a million dollars that also was not required to be disclosed.
Most Democrats don't like the Kavanaugh nomination and would like to see a more moderate nominee. That's political suicide. So Democrat Senate leader Schumer is asking members of his own party to give the Republicans a bigger Senate majority.
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But: Manchin released a statement strongly suggesting that Kavanaugh's opinions on preserving parts of Obamacare will be a deciding factor for the senator.
Many conservatives have also praised Trump's selection.
More than any other red-state senator, Heitkamp has received a remarkable amount of help from Republicans to keep her job. The U.S. Senate votes on nominees to be Justices on the Supreme Court. Trump ended up picking a former clerk of Kennedy's. "So, Trump picked the guy who thinks presidents shouldn't be prosecuted. I don't think he's wired that way", Leipold said.
The reason, according to the White House: baseball. But their situations would be much worse if their votes were needed for confirmation.
But: Donnelly has also demonstrated a willingness to vote against Trump on big votes, like the tax bill.
The documents do not provide a complete record of Kavanaugh's finances. In theory, the can vote either way on any issue, but a Kavanaugh confirmation would swing it sharply to the right.
As Kavanaugh asserted that the majority's decision represented "a radical extension of the Supreme Court's abortion jurisprudence", he added, "It is undoubtedly the case that many Americans - including many Justices and judges - disagree with one or another aspect of the Supreme Court's abortion jurisprudence". Kavanaugh has taken an aggressive view in favor of executive authority. That's something that Paul, who has a strong libertarian streak, has been vocal about opposing. Any future similar fights before Kavanaugh could be meaningful.
Kavanaugh's hard-line conservative record, compared with that of retiring centrist-conservative Kennedy, would mean diminished individual rights for women and minorities, affecting access to abortion and opportunities for racial affirmative action.
Roe V Wade V Alito V Roberts V Thomas V Gorsuch V Kavanaugh and Ginsburg? .