UPDATE (WKOW) — The U.S. Senate has approved Judge Brett as the newest member of the U.S. Supreme Court.
MADISON (WKOW) — Senate officials in Washington say the final vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court will take place around 2:30 Wisconsin time.
Senators reportedly have been advised to be in their seats by the time the historic roll call begins.
Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 margin, and today’s vote is expected to be aligned right along party lines. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia is the only Democrat who will likely vote for Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is opposed, but national news outlets have reported she says she will vote “present” as a courtesy to another Republican, who will be absent for his daughter’s wedding.
The Associated Press reports a few hundred protesters are gathering outside the Capitol before the vote. A group of them climbed the Capitol steps pumping their fists and carrying signs. The crowd has been chanting, “November is coming!” and “Vote them out!” Some were led away by police.
A crowd also gathered in Madison Saturday to demonstrate against Kavanaugh’s nomination and likely confirmation. As we reported Friday night, organizers with the national group NARAL Pro-Choice America say they wanted to give people in this area an outlet to voice concerns about the nomination vote.
There were no reports of any incidents in the demonstration, which took place around noon near the Memorial Union on the UW-Madison campus.