Susan Collins, a Republican senator from Maine, holds a pivotal vote in the confirmation of Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Republicans hold 51 seats in the Senate, and Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska, has already indicated she will not vote for Kavanaugh. If Collins also says “No,” Kavanaugh’s nomination could be sunk. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia whose vote is also undecided, would need to vote “no” too along with the rest of the 49-member minority. Many political pundits think Manchin will vote with Collins.
Collins will speak from the Senate floor in Washington DC at 3:05 pm US eastern time to explain her decision.
You can also watch it live here on the Senate’s webcam. Collins did not support Donald Trump ahead of the 2016 election, and has broken with her party on healthcare since he was elected.