Ms. Murkowski’s remarks were not about how she felt in the weeks after the November election on a judicial vote, when Congress is in a so-called “lame duck” session and continues on legislation and Can vote on nominations. Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, said Saturday not only that the Senate should not vote on a candidate before the election, but that the winner of the November 3rd presidential election should fill the spot.
Ms. Murkowski’s stance against voting ahead of the November elections was remarkable, especially given the signals from the White House that the government hopes to nominate someone for the position in the coming days. And while Ms. Murkowski struggled to hold onto her position from 201
“What we’re proposing is completely consistent, completely consistent with the precedent,” said Senator John Barrasso, Republican of Wyoming and Senate leadership, to Meet the Press. Senator Tom Cotton, Republican of Arkansas and one of the names on Mr. Trump’s shortlist for the open seat, told Fox News Sunday: “The Senate majority is doing our constitutional duty and fulfilling the mandate that voters gave us in 2016 and 2016 2018 granted. ”
However, it remains unclear whether Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, will vote on a Supreme Court candidate before November, despite vowing Friday that the Senate would vote on Mr Trump’s candidate.
Since Ms. Murkowski and Ms. Collins both publicly object to such a schedule, Mr. McConnell can only afford to lose the support of two other Republican senators. And Mr McConnell, who is standing for re-election, is aware of the tough races some of its members face and how such a political struggle could further shake up voters. He had gone so far as to encourage members to “keep their powder dry” when asked about an open position.
There were lingering signs that the looming affirmation battle was motivating Democratic donors: ActBlue, the donation processing site, announced on Sunday that small donors had contributed $ 100 million since Friday night.
While Ms. Collins is embroiled in the toughest race of her political career, Ms. Murkowski won’t stand for re-election until 2022. She has shown few concerns in the past about breaking with her party, even if it means the wrath of the president. On Sunday morning, Mr. Trump focused on her again and mockingly tweeted “No thanks!” after the Alaska Chamber invited people to attend an upcoming forum with Ms. Murkowski.