GOP Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsMcConnell privately urged GOP senators to oppose debt ceiling hike GOP senator will 'probably' vote for debt limit increase Welcome to ground zero of climate chaos MORE (Maine) will meet with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday, her office has announced.
Collins is widely considered a potential swing vote on Kavanaugh, who, if confirmed, is expected to help tilt the Supreme Court to the right for decades.
Kavanaugh’s nomination has raised alarm among progressive outside groups over concerns, in particular, that he could help overturn or curb Roe v Wade, the landmark abortion rights case. Kavanaugh was nominated to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy, the fifth vote on a 1992 decision that upheld Roe.
Collins has said she could not support a nominee who had “demonstrated hostility” to Roe v Wade.
She said separately in the wake of Kennedy’s retirement announcement that she looks for judges who “respect precedent.”
"I view Roe v. Wade as being settled law. It's clearly precedent and I always look for judges who respect precedent," Collins told reporters in June, hours after Kennedy’s retirement was announced
Collins is one of the last Republican senators to announce a meeting with Kavanaugh. GOP Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiTrump, allies launch onslaught as midterms kick into gear Emboldened Trump takes aim at GOP foes The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - DC prepares for Saturday of festivals & Jan. 6 demonstration MORE (Alaska), also considered a potential swing vote, has told reporters she plans to meet with Kavanaugh this week.