Susan Collins Will Vote ‘Yes’ on Kavanaugh Nomination

Maine Republican had kept her position on the Supreme Court nomination under wraps

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, makes her way to the Senate floor in the Capitol before voting “yes” on a cloture that advanced the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to a final vote on October 5, 2018. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Susan Collins will vote “yes” on the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, one of the last remaining hurdles to the high court for President Donald Trump’s nominee.

Earlier on Friday, the Maine Republican voted to cut off debate on Kavanaugh’s nomination, helping her leadership clear a key hurdle and setting up a final confirmation vote on Saturday. 

The Collins speech came at the end of a Senate week that started with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky praising another speech by another woman senator from Maine.

“Back during the McCarthy Era in 1950, character assassination and uncorroborated allegations were being utilized in a very different debate in that era. That’s when a distinguished Senator from Maine named Margaret Chase Smith — an icon from the great state of our colleague Senator Collins — took to the Senate floor to say enough was enough,” McConnell said Monday. “She gave a speech that guaranteed she’d be in the history of the Senate.”

Watch: Highlights of Susan Collins' Speech Confirming Vote for Kavanaugh

Sen. Lamar Alexander, the Tennessee Republican who spoke immediately after Collins on the floor, started his remarks by thanking Collins while also citing the example of the legendary Chase Smith.

Collins is one of only two Republicans senators serving who voted to confirm Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, both of whom were nominated by former President Barack Obama. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is the other one. 

Niels Lesniewski contributed to this report. 

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