The Votes are In: Kavanaugh to Serve on the Supreme Court

Monica Sanchez | October 6, 2018
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The Senate on Saturday voted 50-48 to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the Supreme Court.  

"On this vote, the ayes are 50; the nays are 48. The nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh of Maryland to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States is confirmed,” he said.

The Vice President's announcement was not without screaming from protesters watching the vote in the gallery.

The Senate on Friday voted 51-49 to support a cloture vote on Kavanaugh, setting off what would have been 30 hours of debate over his confirmation before a final vote.

The vote was met with pushback from Senate Democrats, who spent hours on the Senate floor explaining why they believed Kavanaugh should not be confirmed.  

Now that the final votes are in, it is official that Judge Kavanaugh will fill the seat vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy, who retired at the end of July.

He will take his seat on Tuesday, Oct. 9, after the Columbus Day holiday.

His confirmation is considered a big victory for conservatives.

Protesters made their way into the Senate gallery, where they were heard shouting during the voting proceedings. 

"Shame!" a female protester was heard yelling at Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) when he casted his vote. 

 

"You’re a coward, Flake! A total coward!" said another to Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.).

Pence asked that everyone keep silent when the final count was announced. 

“Expressions of approval or disapproval are not permitted in the Senate gallery,” said Vice President Mike Pence, before announcing the results.

Regardless, protesters shouted their disapproval.

Protesters also gathered outside of the Capitol prior to the vote and held a rally after the results came in. 

 

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