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Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said Friday that she intends to vote “present” on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, so that Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., can attend his daughter’s wedding — avoiding the need for a frantic flight to D.C. for the father of the bride.
Daines will walk his daughter down the aisle in Montana on Saturday, shortly before the crucial Senate vote to confirm Kavanaugh to the nation’s highest court. Republicans appear to have the votes to confirm Kavanaugh, but the confirmation will come down to perhaps one or two key votes.
The article goes on to state the following:
Daines, who has said he will vote “yes” to confirm Kavanaugh, was preparing to hop on a plane — offered by longtime family friend and colleague Rep. Greg Gianforte — after his daughter’s vows to be able to fly back to Washington to cast a deciding vote if necessary.
But Murkowski said she is a “no” on the nomination but will “pair” her vote with Daines and be marked “present” instead, meaning that Daines can remain at the wedding and not have to rush back.
WATCH: Sen. Murkowski again says that she will vote against confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but asks to be recorded as present so Sen. Daines does not have to leave daughter’s wedding to vote. https://t.co/urPMbwqh8V pic.twitter.com/tco8pRU1Vo
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 6, 2018
Why Murkowski is gonna be recorded as “present” — it’s a practiced called “pair between senators,” and it ensures that the vote margin would be the same as if a senator who has to miss a vote — Daines in this case — were there
— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) October 6, 2018
Murkowski says in her floor speech that she’s a no on the nomination but will vote “present” tomorrow so Sen. Daines can walk his daughter down the aisle in Montana.
— Jackie Kucinich (@JFKucinich) October 6, 2018
Murkowski just off the Senate flr, describing her decision w/Daines to “pair” their votes on Kavanaugh, essentially offsetting one another. Kavanaugh vote will be 50-48 with 1 “present” (Murkowski) & 1 absence (Daines). pic.twitter.com/ZuKXyenECH
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) October 6, 2018
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