The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday delayed a vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to be the next Supreme Court justice, as the GOP and Democrats grapple with how to proceed with the highly anticipated confirmation vote.
The committee voted to adjourn the hearing at 10:45 a.m.
(ET) while it considers whether to take up Kavanaugh’s confirmation as the next justice, meaning that Republicans could vote against the nomination and still keep the nomination from going to the full Senate.
Democrats will need 60 votes to overcome a filibuster.
The Democrats would need a supermajority to overcome the Republicans’ filibuster, which they hold.
They could then proceed to the confirmation vote on Kavanaugh.
In an apparent attempt to prevent the committee from moving ahead, the White House and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said they would use procedural tactics to delay the vote.
They said the committee would be asked to hold a vote until the end of the month, and they would be open to using the power of the purse to prevent it.
But the committee voted against the use of procedural tactics, meaning they will have to move ahead without Kavanaugh.
The Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary committee voted 8-2 to delay Kavanaugh’s vote.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., left, and Minority Leader Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, leave the Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley during a hearing on the Senate’s confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Washington.
Schumer said the delay was an attempt to protect Kavanaugh from a potentially embarrassing loss.
Schumer also called for an independent prosecutor to investigate the allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh, who was confirmed to the Supreme Court by a unanimous vote.
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Schumer also said the vote would allow Republicans to avoid the possibility of a Democratic filibuster, because it would allow them to avoid a filibuster on a nominee from a party that has already lost control of the Senate.
Republican Senate Leader Mitch Daniels said the Democrats’ procedural maneuver was a “chilling tactic” to prevent Democrats from advancing Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination.
Democrats said the tactic was an “attempt to protect Brett Kavanaugh from being nominated.”
The Senate Judiciary and Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to adjourn after a marathon hearing.
“We’ve heard the complaints, and I’m not going to waste any more time responding,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D, Calif., the top Democrat on the committee.
The American people deserve a voice, and the Senate will have that voice.””
I don’t think there’s any other way to put it.
The American people deserve a voice, and the Senate will have that voice.”
Senators also voted to delay a vote to take on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.
They are holding a procedural vote to get the nomination moving ahead.
Republicans will need to gain at least 50 votes to override a filibuster to move on to the next vote on Gorsuch.