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Politics Susan Collins, Shunned by Trump, Stands Firm on Amy Coney Barrett 'No' Vote After Murkowski Flips

02:40  25 october  2020
02:40  25 october  2020 Source:   newsweek.com

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Senators Susan Collins (R., Maine.) and Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska) voted on Friday against Collins has already stated she will not vote in favor of Barrett ’s nomination because of the vote ’s President Trump is deeply unpopular among Maine voters, and the senator has struggled to keep a

Lisa Murkowski of Alaska joined Susan Collins in opposition to Mitch McConnell but he can afford one more Murkowski had already indicated her opposition to a vote so close to the election. Amy Coney Barrett and Barbara Lagoa are reportedly the leading contenders to be named by Trump to

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is due to be the lone Republican holdout voting against the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court after Alaska's Lisa Murkowski said Saturday she would vote "yes" early next week.

Susan Collins sitting in front of a laptop: Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) is expected to be the only Republican senator to vote against the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court next week. © Alex Edelman/Getty Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) is expected to be the only Republican senator to vote against the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court next week.

Collins has said since September that she would not vote to confirm a Supreme Court justice before the election.

"My statement was a model of clarity. ... I made it very clear, yes, that I did not think there should be a vote prior to the election," Collins told reporters on September 22, according to The Hill.

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Susan Collins talks with reporters after announcing her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, in Trump could likewise benefit if evangelicals are galvanized by an opportunity to capture the court for a As well as Collins , potential defectors, in theory at least, include Senator Lisa Murkowski , who told

After a long career voting across the aisle, Rebecca Traister asks, why did Maine senator Susan Collins In the span of Trump ’s administration, Collins has gone from being broadly beloved Collins herself bemoans the shrinking of her moderate lane. Speaking to a No Labels group in 2017

She also said earlier in September that if the vote were postponed until after the election, she would not vote to confirm if President Donald Trump lost, according to a tweet by New York Times reporter Jonathan Martin.

A spokesperson for Collins told Newsweek on Saturday that her plans had not changed.

Until Murkowski's statement on Saturday, she and Collins were expected to vote against Barrett's confirmation to the Supreme Court, filling the seat of late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Though Murkowski had said as late as Thursday she opposed the Republican Party's attempt to rush Barrett's confirmation, on the Senate floor Saturday, she announced she had changed her mind.

"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. And we do that when that final questions comes before us. And when it does, I will be a yes," Murkowski said.

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Susan Collins , Joe Manchin and Jeff Flake all say they will vote 'yes' in a vote expected this weekend. Shortly after his announcement, Ms Collins held a highly-anticipated 3pm speech in which she A man stands behind a burning barricade during the fifth straight day of protests against police

Susan Collins of Maine and Mitt Romney of Utah announced on Thursday that they'd vote "yes" on the motion to call witnesses. Also on Thursday night, Murkowski asked Trump 's defense team why Americans shouldn't hear more evidence, including from the former national security adviser John

"I had hoped that if we were going to be at this moment in time just over a week out from our national elections, that we would be here on the floor debating—debating the merits of a [stimulus] relief bill. And in my home state of Alaska, as in so many states around the country, we're seeing unprecedented numbers [of new coronavirus] cases now," Murkowski continued.

Collins' expected "no" vote on the confirmation of Barrett will likely be symbolic. Even without her, Republicans still have the simple majority needed to confirm the judge. The expected vote is 52-48 in favor of Barrett.

Collins is one of the most moderate Republicans in the Senate. Earlier this year, the Lugar Center and McCourt School ranked her as the most bipartisan senator for the seventh year in a row.

With her reputation for bipartisanship, Collins has repeatedly sparred with Trump. In August 2016, she said she would not be voting for Trump in the election. She and Murkowski voted against the confirmation of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, and Collins voted against the American Health Care Act, which would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare.

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said on Saturday that she will vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Monday, despite objections to taking up the nomination before the Nov.

Lisa Murkowski met with Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett this week but remains opposed to an election year confirmation to the high court. Fellow moderate GOP Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is a “no” Already Trump has attacked Collins , who is in the middle a tough reelection fight.

On October 16, Trump slammed her for not supporting Barrett.

"There is a nasty rumor out there that @SenatorCollins of Maine will not be supporting our great United States Supreme Court Nominee. Well, she didn't support Healthcare or my opening up 5000 square miles of Ocean to Maine, so why should this be any different. Not worth the work!" Trump wrote.

Collins is facing a tough election herself this year. Most polls show her trailing her Democratic challenger, Sara Gideon. The latest poll from Pan Atlantic Research shows Gideon leading Collins 47 percent to 40 percent.

Other polls show the race as much closer, according to FiveThirtyEight, with polls in early October conducted by Critical Insight only showing a single percentage point between them, but still in Gideon's favor. FiveThirtyEight's analysis shows that Gideon is "slightly favored" to win the Senate seat.

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