(NewsReady.com) – After days of speculation, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) announced his intention to “follow the Constitution” and vote on President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Legislators remain divided on the issues, with Republicans vowing to adhere to their obligation to consider the president’s Supreme Court nominee and Democrats promising hellfire were they to succeed. While the future is still uncertain, one senator’s announcement brings some predictability.
With 53 Republicans currently serving in the US Senate, they could only afford to lose 3 votes to confirm the president’s nominee, assuming Vice President Mike Pence cast the deciding vote in the event of a tie.
Many considered Sen. Romney a wildcard as he was the lone Republican who voted in support of Democratic efforts to impeach Trump earlier this year. On this issue, it seems he will vote in Trump’s favor.
My statement regarding the current Supreme Court vacancy: pic.twitter.com/6YO0dPWWXc
— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) September 22, 2020
Only two Republican Senators — Susan Collins (ME) and Lisa Murkowski (AK) — indicated any resistance to the Senate taking up a vote on the nominee prior to the November 3 election. Both face stiff competition in their respective reelection bids. Republican Senators Cory Gardner (CO) and Charles Grassley (IA) were also unknowns, but announced their support for a vote on Sept. 21.
With Collins and Murkowski the only remaining holdouts, it appears Senate Republicans have the necessary votes to confirm the president’s nominee quickly locking in a solid 6-3 split for Conservative justices on the bench.
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