The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate on Sunday (October 25) moved closer toward a final confirmation vote on President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, on Monday (October 26) just over a week before Election Day.
The Senate voted 51-48, largely along party lines, on Sunday afternoon to limit debate on the nomination, teeing up the final vote that is expected to take place on Monday evening.
With Republicans controlling the chamber 53-47 and no indication of an internal revolt against the conservative appeals court judge replacing liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Barrett looks almost certain to take up a lifetime appointment on the bench over universal Democratic opposition.
Only two Republican senators – Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine – opposed limiting debate.
However, Murkowski said on Saturday she still intends to vote to confirm Barrett this week.
No nominee to the Supreme Court has ever been confirmed by the Senate this close to a presidential election. More than 58 million ballots have already been cast ahead of Election Day on Nov. 3.
(Production: Mana Rabiee)