This is a procedural vote - not Murkowski's final vote on Kavanaugh.
Murkowski said she would vote no on his confirmation.
October 6 (UPI) - The U.S. Senate on Saturday is expected to vote on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's second nominee to the nation's highest court.
The West Virginia Democrat declined comment to reporters as he boarded a Senate subway, saying he would release a statement on the Kavanaugh nomination later in the day.
Republican Senate Judiciary Chair Sen.
"My fervent hope is that Brett Kavanagh will work to lessen the divisions in the Supreme Court so that we have far fewer 5-4 decisions and so that public confidence in our judiciary and our highest court is restored", Collins said.
The committee paused the nomination process for a week so the FBI could investigate.
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"The facts presented do not mean that Professor Ford was not sexually assaulted that night or at some other time but they do lead me to conclude that the allegations failed to meet the more likely than not standard", she said.
Grassley was pulled off the Senate floor by an aide so that he could expand on his remarks, at which point he explained that the committee's intense partisanship and heavy workload have made it a less glamorous post for any senator.
Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court seat looks all but confirmed after he won the backing of key senators despite an FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations.
On Saturday, members of Congress were still in session before the final vote which is expected to happen 2 p.m.
Republican Senator Susan Collins will vote to confirm Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination.
"I think that the tenor and the content of the letter is not a radical statement", said Mary Davis, a United Kingdom law professor.
His nomination advanced Friday afternoon by a razor-thin margin, 51-49, after the previously undecided Sens. She also said that while she believed Christine Blasey Ford was a victim of trauma, she cast doubt on Ford's story.
Following Friday's vote, Mr Trump tweeted that he was "very proud". But Manchin said little Thursday and Friday to indicate what his final vote would be, after studying the Federal Bureau of Investigation report addressing allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against the nominee.
President Donald Trump tweeted after the U.S. Senate voted 51-49 to push the nomination forward with a final vote on October 6.
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