Senate Republicans File For Cloture On Kavanaugh, First Step Toward Final Vote

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Senate Republicans filed a motion for cloture on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court late on Wednesday night. The motion will pave the way for a procedural vote on Friday to end the debate on the nominee.


“Now Senators will have the evidence collected by this additional background investigation for their consideration as well. Members will have the opportunity to review investigators’ records, and as is the standard procedure designated, judiciary staff members with the required clearances will be authorized to brief members,” McConnell said on the Senate floor. (RELATED: McConnell Mocks NYT ‘Bombshell’ On Kavanaugh Throwing Ice In College’)

He added, “There will be plenty of time for members to review and be briefed on the supplemental material before a Friday cloture vote. So I’m filing cloture on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination this evening so the process can move forward as I indicated earlier this week.”

“Cloture motion. We, the undersigned senators in accordance with the provisions of rule 22 of the standing rules of the Senate do hereby move to bring to a close debate on the nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, signed by 17 senators as follows,” the motion said, which was read aloud.

McConnell has previously said that a vote will happen this week.

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