Politics

Daines Now Says He Will be Back in D.C. for Kavanaugh Vote If Needed

Republican senator is scheduled to be in Montana this weekend for his daughter’s wedding

Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., speaks with reporters following the cloture vote on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on Friday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Republican Sen. Steve Daines sounded optimistic about getting back to D.C. for a final vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination a day after saying he wouldn’t be around if the vote came Saturday.

Daines told The Associated Press on Thursday that he would be in Montana for his daughter’s wedding, whether the vote was held then or not.

He told reporters that he would be back at the “end of the weekend,” which could complicate the timing of the vote.

“At the end of this weekend I will have walked my daughter down the aisle at her wedding and there will be a new Supreme Court justice. We’ll wait and see how this all unfolds here,” Daines said. “We have transportation arranged and we’ll wait and see what happens. I have a very happy daughter and a happy judge right now, too.”

Daines said that Montana Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte “has come to save the day,” offering to let Daines use the congressman’s plane to get back to D.C.

Daines tweeted that he looked forward to calling Kavanaugh “Justice Kavanaugh.”

Daines voted to move Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Senate floor on a 51-49 mostly party line vote. Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska voted against cloture and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III of West Virginia voted with Republicans.

If senators vote as they did on Friday, Daines’ vote won’t be needed, but some senators emphasized that how they voted on cloture wasn’t necessarily how they would vote on confirmation.

— John T. Bennett and Katherine Tully-McManus contributed to this report.Watch: Just Some of the Noteworthy Moments During Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Process

Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call on your iPhone or your Android.