Collins to announce Kavanaugh position on Friday afternoon

GOP Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsFurious Republicans prepare to rebuke Trump on Syria McConnell tightlipped as impeachment furor grows Congress set for showdown with Trump over Kurds MORE (Maine) is planning to announce her position on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Friday afternoon from the Senate floor.
 
 
A spokeswoman for Collins didn't immediately respond to a request for comment about the senator's planned remarks.
 
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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.
 
In a dramatic moment last year, Collins announced from the Senate floor that she would vote for Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosJudge warns DeVos: 'I'm not sending anyone to jail yet' but it's an option Students ask judge to hold DeVos in contempt over debt collection DeVos security detail could cost taxpayers over M during Trump's first term MORE during an initial procedural hurdle but said she could not support her on a final confirmation vote.
 
The opposition to DeVos from Collins and Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiMurkowski warns against rushing to conclusions on Trump impeachment GOP requests update on criminal referrals prompted by 2018 Kavanaugh probe Republicans show signs of discomfort in defense of Trump   MORE (R-Alaska) made DeVos the first Cabinet secretary to need a vice president to cast a decisive, tie-breaking confirmation vote.
 
 
Senate Republicans hold a 51-49 majority in the chamber.