With Senate Republicans on recess, the clock is ticking on President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, and a vote on his confirmation is expected in the next 24 hours.
But it appears the Senate could still make some changes to the nomination.
Here’s a look at the most important questions surrounding the nomination: Is Kavanaugh qualified to serve?
“There is no question that he has not shown any degree of independence from the United States Senate.
There is a great deal of reason to believe that he is not fit for the office of the Supreme Court,” the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told reporters on Wednesday.
But, he added, “I think the American people need to know that the nominee for the Supreme Justice position has been cleared by the committee, and he will be confirmed by the Senate.”
What does Kavanaugh’s nomination mean for Trump’s administration?
In recent weeks, some Republicans have questioned whether Trump would get a full-court press on the Supreme Judicial Court nomination.
But Sen. Pat Toomey, R.I., said he didn’t expect that to happen in his committee’s markup of Gorsuch’s nomination Wednesday.
He said he would “look at the evidence and look at his record, and then make the decision” as to whether he would vote for him.
Toomeys own views on the nomination are less clear.
He did not attend the Senate hearings in January and Feb. 2019.
“The question of whether there is any need for me to be on the Judiciary Committee and vote on this nomination is up to the American People, but I think I would make the final decision,” he said in a statement to ABC News.
Toomes support of Gorsuch is based on a litany of endorsements from his own party, including former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Sen. Cory Booker, D