GOP senator may miss Kavanaugh vote for daughter’s wedding

A GOP senator may miss a Senate confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh this weekend because his daughter is getting married on Saturday.

Sen. Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesOvernight Health Care: Senators urge vote on delaying health insurance tax | Joe Kennedy III 'hopeful' he can back 'Medicare for all' bill | Latest Ebola outbreak becomes world's 2nd-worst Overnight Defense: Senate rebukes Trump with Yemen vote | Mattis, Pompeo briefing fails to quell Senate concerns with Saudis | Graham demands CIA briefing on Khashoggi | Pentagon identifies three troops killed in Afghanistan Senate GOP presses Trump to move on new NAFTA deal before Dems take over House MORE (R-Mont.) will walk his daughter down the aisle for her wedding regardless of the timing of the vote, a Daines spokesperson confirmed to The Hill.

Senate Republican leaders plan to hold a key procedural vote Friday morning, setting up a potential confirmation vote for Saturday afternoon.

It is unclear if Daines’s trip will impact the timing of the vote. 

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“If there is any change to timing or any announcements on votes, we’ll be sure to get the info out as we always do,” a spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellCornyn opens door to including criminal justice bill in government funding measure The Hill's Morning Report — Trump shakes up staff with eye on 2020, Mueller probe Judd Gregg: The government goes geriatric MORE's (R-Ky.) office said in a statement to The Hill.

A spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerFreedom Caucus calls on leadership to include wall funding, end to 'catch and release' in funding bill Push to pay congressional interns an hour gains traction with progressives House approves two-week spending measure to avert shutdown MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Thursday evening that they have not had any talks with McConnell’s staff about getting a deal to move the final Saturday vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination.

Republicans currently hold a 51-49 majority in the Senate and can only afford one defection if Democrats unanimously vote against Kavanaugh. Three Republicans remained undecided on Thursday.

Daines would be a reliable vote in favor of Kavanaugh. 

Kavanaugh’s confirmation process was upended after three women went public with allegations against him of sexual misconduct while he was in high school and college.

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The FBI returned the results of a weeklong investigation into the allegations to the Senate on Thursday. 

Many Senate Republicans claim that there was no corroborating evidence for any of the claims against Kavanaugh and have vowed to confirm the nominee this weekend. 

Flake and Collins both noted after reading the report that they believed the FBI investigation was thorough, indicating they may be leaning toward voting to confirm Kavanaugh.

Updated at 8:20 p.m.