Speaking on the Senate floor Monday afternoon, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed there will be a full vote on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court this week.
"Let me make it very clear. The time for endless delay and obstruction has come to a close," McConnell said. "Their [Democrats] goalposts keep shifting, but their goal hasn't moved an inch. Not an inch. The goal has been the same all along."
"Mr. President, we'll be voting this week," he continued.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says "we'll be voting" on Brett Kavanaugh "this week."— ABC News (@ABC) October 1, 2018
"Let me make it very clear. The time for endless delay and obstruction has come to a close." https://t.co/pWOU760blC pic.twitter.com/wFwyQtdABe
The tentative day for a vote is Thursday. Here's a look at how the schedule could go down over the next few days.
Prospective timetable for Kavanaugh 1: DAY ONE: McConnell files cloture to end debate on the nomination. This step is necessary to break a filibuster.— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) October 1, 2018
Prospective timetable for Kavanaugh 2: DAY TWO: By rule, a “cloture petition,” the parliamentary mechanism to end debate in the Senate, must lay over untouched for an entire day before it “ripens” and is ready for a procedural vote. DAY TWO serves as the layover day.— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) October 1, 2018
Prospective timetable for Kavanaugh 3: DAY THREE: By rule, the cloture petition to halt debate “ripens” 1 hr after Senate meets. Requires 51 votes. If the Senate votes to “invoke cloture” or limit debate, opponents of the nomination then get 30 hrs to run out the string.— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) October 1, 2018
Prospective timetable for Kavanaugh 4: Under “Nuclear Option II,” McConnell established a new “precedent” in the Senate to end filibusters on Supreme Court nominees last year. McConnell lowered the bar to break a filibuster on a Supreme court nominee from 60 to 51.— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) October 1, 2018
Prospective timetable for Kavanuagh 5: DAY FOUR: The 30 hours of “post-cloture” time expires on the nomination. Opponents can no longer pull rabbits out of hats. The Senate takes a confirmation vote on the nominee. Confirmation requires a simple majority.— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) October 1, 2018
Multiple media reports on Monday declared the FBI could be done with their seventh background investigation into Kavanaugh as soon as Monday night or early Tuesday.