Politics

Pence Ready for Potential Kavanaugh Tie-Breaker

Vice president plans to be in D.C. for Saturday, White House says

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, left, and Vice President Mike Pence meet with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in McConnell's office in the Capitol on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/POOL)

Vice President Mike Pence will be in Washington Saturday, making him available to cast a potential tie-breaking vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s controversial nomination to become the ninth Supreme Court justice, according to a White House official.

Pence will be in New York on Friday, but is scheduled to return in the afternoon and remain in Washington all weekend, the official said.

Pence, as president of the Senate, can vote. If one GOP senator votes no, it would create a 50-50 tie. He has broken ties on the Senate floor several times, including on Education secretary Betsy DeVos’ nomination.

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