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.
 
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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 DeVosBetsy DeVosJury finds Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes guilty on four counts Mnuchin, Pompeo mulled plan to remove Trump after Jan. 6: book Republicans look to education as winning issue after Virginia successes 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 MurkowskiOssoff and Collins clash over her past support for voting rights legislation Senate GOP blocks election bill, setting up filibuster face-off Schumer prepares for Senate floor showdown with Manchin, Sinema 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.