In a stunning turn of events, Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski has announced she WILL vote to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court this week.
“I believe that the only way to put us back on the path of appropriate consideration of judicial nominees is to evaluate Judge Barrett as we would want to be judged: on the merits of her qualifications,” Murkowski said on the Senate floor Saturday afternoon.
And we do that when that final question comes before us. And when it does, I will be a yes,” she said.
Here’s the breaking report from NBC News:
WASHINGTON — Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, reversed course on Saturday and said that she now plans to vote in favor of Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s final confirmation to the Supreme Court, which is expected to happen early next week.
Murkowski had initially said that she opposed voting on a nomineebefore the November election. Her vote in favor of Barrett all but ends any long shot hopes Democrats had of convincing some moderate and vulnerable Republicans to side against Barrett’s confirmation.