Republican Senators banded together on Sunday evening to provide the 51 votes they needed to end a Democratic filibuster to confirm Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
The cloture vote (with 48 votes against) then pushed the chamber to the next step of the process: a full-floor vote to confirm Barrett to the country’s highest court on Monday evening.
The confirmation vote is expected to clear the Republican-controlled chamber as BizPac Review reports only one Republican member, Susan Collins of Maine, has indicated she would not support the nominee.
“A simple majority is needed to confirm Barrett and Republicans should have no problem achieving this despite Collins announcing that she would be voting in opposition to her colleagues and against the nomination,” the report reads.
Collins was joined by Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski as the only two Republicans who voted with Democrats against cloture of the debate (to continue the filibuster).
The report adds:
While Murkowksi has already said she will vote in favor of Barrett’s nomination, confirming her to fill the seat vacated by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Collins said in a statement that she will be voting against the judge as a matter of acting “fairly and consistently.”
Senate votes to limit debate on Barrett nomination. Means confirmation vote will likely START around 7:26 pm et Monday night. The tally on the procedural vote was 51-48
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) October 25, 2020
In a statement, Collins said she would oppose the nominee as she does not think the confirmation should be held prior to a presidential election.
“Prior to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, I stated that, should a vacancy on the Supreme Court arise, the Senate should follow the precedent set four years ago and not vote on a nominee prior to the presidential election,” she said.
“Since her passing, I have reiterated that in fairness to the American people — who will either be re-electing the President or selecting a new one — the decision on the nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy should be made by whoever is elected on November 3rd,” Collins continued via the report.
“Because this vote is occurring prior to the election, I will vote against the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett,” she confirmed, noting the decision had nothing to do with Barrett’s own qualifications.
“To be clear, my vote does not reflect any conclusion that I have reached about Judge Barrett’s qualifications to serve on the Supreme Court. What I have concentrated on is being fair and consistent, and I do not think it is fair nor consistent to have a Senate confirmation vote prior to the election,” Collins concluded.
Republicans Susan Collins (ME) and Lisa Murkowski (AK) were the two Republican 'no' votes on cloture. Murkowski says she is opposed to the process and not the nominee, and indicated she will vote 'yes' on final confirmation tomorrow.
— Jared Halpern (@JaredHalpern) October 25, 2020