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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 RomneyMitt Romney did not vote for Trump in 2020 election Biden: Johnson should be 'ashamed' for suggesting family profited from their name The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by the Walton Family Foundation — Pope Francis expresses support for same-sex unions MORE (R-Utah), one of President TrumpDonald John TrumpJudge rules to not release Russia probe documents over Trump tweets Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida MORE’s most outspoken critics, says he will vote for Judge Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettOn The Money: Power players play chess match on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi bullish, Trump tempers optimism | Analysis: Nearly 1M have run out of jobless benefits Overnight Energy: Barrett punts on climate, oil industry recusals | Ex-EPA official claims retaliation in lawsuit | Dems seek to uphold ruling ousting Pendley Amy Coney Barrett is beacon for new kind of feminism in America 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 CollinsDemocrats to boycott committee vote on Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination Power players play chess match on COVID-19 aid Senate is leaning to the Democrats, big time, with a wave MORE (R-Maine), who is up for reelection in a state that voted for former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJudge rules to not release Russia probe documents over Trump tweets Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida MORE in 2016, has said she will oppose Barrett’s nomination.

Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiDemocrats to boycott committee vote on Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination Senate to vote Monday to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court Senate GOP eyes Oct. 26 for confirming Barrett to Supreme Court 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 McConnellOn The Money: Power players play chess match on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi bullish, Trump tempers optimism | Analysis: Nearly 1M have run out of jobless benefits Trump casts doubt on hopes for quick stimulus deal after aides expressed optimism Power players play chess match on COVID-19 aid 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.