Collins to announce Kavanaugh position on Friday afternoon

 
 
A spokeswoman for Collins didn't immediately respond to a request for comment about the senator's planned remarks.
 
ADVERTISEMENT
The timeline means Collins will have to cast an initial vote this morning on whether to end debate on Kavanaugh's nomination before her position is known.
 
The Senate is scheduled to hold a vote to end debate on Kavanaugh's nomination at 10:30 a.m.
 
It wouldn't be the first time Collins has supported a nomination during a procedural hurdle and then later voted against the nominee.
 
 
 
Collins is one of a handful of senators who have not taken a public position on whether they will vote to confirm Kavanaugh. The other undecideds are Murkowski, Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeAnti-gun violence organization endorses Kelly's Senate bid Arpaio considering running for former sheriff job after Trump pardon Overnight Energy: Warren edges past Sanders in poll of climate-focused voters | Carbon tax shows new signs of life | Greens fuming at Trump plans for development at Bears Ears monument MORE (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinOvernight Energy: Green groups sue Trump over Endangered Species Act changes | Bureau of Land Management retirees fight plan to relocate agency | Wildfires in Amazon rainforest burn at record rate Bureau of Land Management retirees fight plan to relocate agency out west GOP senator: Gun control debate 'hasn't changed much at all' back home MORE (D-W.Va.).
 
Senate Republicans hold a 51-49 majority in the chamber.