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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 DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosO'Rourke targets Cruz with several attack ads a day after debate Charter schools’ ‘Uberization’ of teaching profession hurts kids too Court rules Obama-era student loan regulations must take effect 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 MurkowskiPoll: Palin unpopular in Alaska following jab at Murkowski Conservatives bankrolled and dominated Kavanaugh confirmation media campaign Ex-Florida lawmaker leaves Republican Party 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.