What a Senate judiciary committee vote means

Republicans hold a 11-10 majority on the  committee. Even after the dramatic proceedings, few lawmakers seem to have shifted their starkly differing opinions of whether Kavanaugh is fit for a lifetime appointment to the country’s highest court.

What would be next on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh

If the committee votes to proceed, Kavanaugh’s nomination would go to a full vote by the Senate, as soon as next week. Republicans hold a razor-thin 51-49 majority. The nomination will rest with a few potential swing votes—including Republicans Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

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