Trump Cheers Senate Advancement Of Kavanaugh Vote

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Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent
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President Donald Trump cheered the U.S. Senate’s advancement of a vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be the next justice on the Supreme Court in a Friday tweet.

The Senate voted 51–49 to advance Kavanaugh’s nomination with one key Republican Senator voting against the judge. Murkowski’s “no” vote was offset by a “yes” vote from West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin who represents a state that voted overwhelmingly for President Donald Trump.

Maine Sen. Susan Collins also voted to advance Kavanaugh’s nomination but said she will reveal her final vote in a 3 p.m. speech on the Senate floor. The advancement of Kavanaugh’s nomination gives the Senate 30 hours of debate before a straight up or down vote can occur.

Vice President Mike Pence also tweeted in support of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. In the event of a tie in the Senate over Kavanaugh’s nomination, Pence would cast the deciding vote per his constitutional duty as president of the Senate.