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US Senate poised to confirm Kavanaugh to SC

The closest confirmation votes for a Supreme Court nominee were decided by a single vote.

Murkowski, on the other hand, announced earlier Friday that she did not intend to vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Pointing to television footage of protesters outside the Capitol, he said their numbers paled in comparison to the thousands of supporters awaiting him in Kansas.

Protesters occupy the Senate Hart building during a rally against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on Thursday.

Brett Kavanaugh seems assured of surviving a Supreme Court nomination fight for the ages after two wavering senators said they'd back him.

Murkowski said it was time for the Senate to improve its process and level of respect for each other and those involved in congressional processes. "I do hope that it reminds us that we can take very small steps to be gracious with one another and maybe those small gracious steps can lead to more", she said.

Democrats paraded to a almost empty Senate chamber overnight and into Saturday to lambaste the nominee.

Utah Republican Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, however, was filmed dismissively waving a woman away at the elevator and saying that he'd talk with her 'when you grow up'.

She praised his judicial record and argued there was no corroboration of sexual assault charges made against him by psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford.

Flake, like Collins, believed that the FBI investigation, which did not corroborate the sexual assault allegations, was thorough.

"We are having funding, so we are helping the countries, and we are working hard for helping them, and we will continue to help", she said.

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Some raised their fists as they were escorted down the steps.

A total of 164 people were arrested according to U.S. Capitol Police.

Collins' dramatic decision, laid out in a almost 45-minute speech on the Senate floor Friday, pushed Republicans over the edge and became a turning point for Kavanaugh. Manchin faces a competitive re-election race next month in a state Trump carried in 2016 by 42 percentage points. "And my heart goes out to anyone who has experienced any type of sexual assault in their life".

Here's what she tells reporters traveling with her in Egypt: "I think he's highly qualified for the Supreme Court".

Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate. Similarly, Flake suggested he would vote "yes" for Kavanaugh "unless something big changes".

Three female GOP senators - Iowa's Jodi Ernst, West Virginia's Shelley Moore Capito and Mississippi's Cindy Hyde-Smith - sat directly behind Collins as she spoke.

When she finished, Collins received applause from the roughly two dozen GOP senators present. "He's a good man, he's clearly a learned judge, but in my conscience, because that's how I have to vote at the end of the day, I could not conclude that he is the right person for the court at this time", she said. The Senate voting 51 to 49 to advance his nomination. Steve Daines of Montana, who supports Kavanaugh but was in Montana to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding. Murkowski said she'd use an obscure procedure that lets one senator offset the absence of another without affecting the outcome.

That vote occurred amid smoldering resentment by partisans on both sides, on and off the Senate floor. And they said his record and fuming testimony at a now-famous Senate Judiciary Committee hearing showed he lacked the fairness, temperament and even honesty to become a justice. Protesters were also heard shouting from the Senate gallery during the roll call.

Still, she sent signals that Kavanaugh had cleared a hurdle by reassuring her that he believed the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision on abortion rights is settled law. "All at once since he wants to be a supreme court justice, they're coming out of the woodwork", said another.

In a sworn statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Keith Koegler wrote that Ford told him in 2016, while they were watching their kids play together, that a federal court judge in Washington, D.C., had sexually assaulted her when they were in high school.

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