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Romney says he'll vote to put Barrett on Supreme Court

Romney says he'll vote to put Barrett on Supreme Court
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Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt Romney Eugene Goodman to throw out first pitch at Nationals game White House briefed on bipartisan infrastructure deal but says questions remain On The Money: Consumer prices jumped 5 percent annually in May | GOP senators say bipartisan group has infrastructure deal MORE (R-Utah), one of President TrumpDonald TrumpEx-DOJ official Rosenstein says he was not aware of subpoena targeting Democrats: report Ex-Biden adviser says Birx told him she hoped election turned out 'a certain way' Cheney rips Arizona election audit: 'It is an effort to subvert democracy' MORE’s most outspoken critics, says he will vote for Judge Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettSupreme Court confounding its partisan critics Progressives want to tighten screws beyond Manchin and Sinema Gorsuch, Thomas join liberal justices in siding with criminal defendant MORE to be confirmed to the Supreme Court.

Romney, who was the only Republican senator to vote to convict Trump on an article of impeachment in February, praised Barrett on Thursday, calling her “impressive” and “exceptionally well qualified.”

“After meeting with Judge Barrett and carefully reviewing her record and her testimony, I intend to vote in favor of her confirmation to the Supreme Court,” he said in a statement. “I am confident that she will faithfully apply the law and our Constitution, impartially and regardless of policy preferences.”

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Romney’s announcement is further evidence that Barrett will have more than 50 Republican votes on the floor after her nomination is advanced by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Oct. 22.

So far, only Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSunday shows preview: Biden foreign policy in focus as Dem tensions boil up back home Why the Democrats need Joe Manchin White House briefed on bipartisan infrastructure deal but says questions remain MORE (R-Maine), who is up for reelection in a state that voted for former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump asks Biden to give Putin his 'warmest regards' Huma Abedin announces book deal Mystery surrounds Justice's pledge on journalist records MORE in 2016, has said she will oppose Barrett’s nomination.

Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiWhite House briefed on bipartisan infrastructure deal but says questions remain Bipartisan Senate group announces infrastructure deal The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden mission abroad: reward friends, constrain adversaries MORE (R-Alaska), who said the confirmation process should have waited until 2021, when the results of the presidential election and future control of the Senate would be known, has not ruled out voting for Barrett.

The Senate is expected to hold a final confirmation vote for Barrett the week of Oct. 26.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMaher goes after Manchin: 'Most powerful Republican in the Senate' Supreme Court confounding its partisan critics Why the Democrats need Joe Manchin MORE (R-Ky.) told reporters in Kentucky on Thursday morning: “We have the votes.”

Senate Republicans control 53 seats and can afford three defections since Vice President Pence would break a 50-50 tie. All 47 senators in the Senate Democratic caucus are expected to vote against Barrett.