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Romney Tips The Scale, Senate to Move Forward With Vote

Mitt Romney

Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney announced Tuesday that he is in support of a floor vote on President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, giving Senate Republicans enough vote to move forward.

According to the Daily Caller, “only two Republican senators, Maine Sen. Susan Collins and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski have asked the party to wait until after the election for a vote on a new nominee” following Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death on Friday.

“I intend to follow the Constitution and precedent in considering the president’s nominee,” said Romney. “If the nominee reaches the Senate floor, I intend to vote based upon their qualifications.”

Though this does give the Senate enough votes to move forward with the process, it does not necessarily ensure that Trump’s nominee will be voted onto the Court. Romney said he “intend[s] to proceed with the consideration process, and if a nominee actually reaches the floor, then I will vote based upon the qualifications of that nominee.”

Despite Murkowski and Collins’ disagreement in moving forward on a vote before the election in 42 days, McConnell explained how he will proceed with filling the Supreme Court vacancy in a speech honoring Ginsburg, her service on the court and her lifelong successes.

“For weeks, I have stated that I would not support taking up a potential supreme court vacancy this close to the election,” said Murkowski. “Sadly, what was then a hypothetical is now our reality, but my position has not changed.”

Collins, who is up for reelection, has similar opinions, believing it would be better to wait until after the next president is elected: “In fairness to the American people, who will either be re-electing the President or selecting a new one, the decision on a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court should be made by the President who is elected on November 3rd.”

Despite the wide range of opinions on the subject of filling the seat, with Romney’s support, McConnell and the Senate Republicans now have enough votes to move forward with the process.

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