Kavanaugh nomination derailed by GOP senators
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Chuck Schumer have failed to reach a deal on Kavanaugh, the first Democratic-led Senate panel to hold hearings on the Supreme Court nominee.
Republicans have said they would not hold a vote on the nominee before next week’s deadline, but are now in the process of drafting their own bill.
The Senate will not consider a new nominee until after the Oct. 26 recess.
A Democratic aide said Tuesday that the committee was working on a plan to get the nomination through the Senate without Democratic votes.
Democrats have said their bill would force Republicans to delay the nomination, and that the party should also block the confirmation vote of Supreme Court nominees from President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet.
“The Democrats are not willing to work with Republicans to find a way to move forward with the nomination,” the aide said.
Senate Democrats are pushing for the Judiciary Committee to vote on Kavanaugh by Thursday.
McConnell and Schumer had hoped to have the vote on Friday.
However, the panel is still debating the matter of whether to hold the hearing.
The Judiciary Committee’s chairman, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, is a former prosecutor.
A number of other Republicans have expressed support for the hearing, but it was unclear whether they would support the hearing if the Democratic bill was approved.
Whitehouse has previously said he would vote for a hearing if it included “a few more Republicans.”
He also said the Judiciary committee would hold a hearing in early December if the committee decided to hold a one-day hearing.