Should the Kavanaugh vote be delayed? Here’s what every senator has said.

      Comments Off on Should the Kavanaugh vote be delayed? Here’s what every senator has said.

The Senate Judiciary Committee was scheduled to vote Thursday to recommend Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the entire Senate.

But over the weekend, Christine Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University in California, came forward with sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh. She told the Washington Post that when they were in high school, a drunk Kavanaugh held her down at a party and attempted to force himself on her, and then covered her mouth when she tried to scream. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.

So far, these revelations haven’t been enough for the Judiciary Committee to postpone its vote. In the wake of the allegations, senators have generally fallen into three camps:

  • Every Democratic member of the committee has called on the vote to be delayed.
  • A handful of Republicans, including some on the Judiciary Committee, have said they want to get more information before the Senate Judiciary vote. Some have said they want Ford and Kavanaugh to testify under oath — something both have said they are willing to do.
  • But most Republican members of the committee have stayed silent, neither calling for a delay nor expressing any desire for more information about sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh — a man who is being considered for a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land.

Below is the list of Democrats (and one Republican) who want to delay the vote, the short list of senators who want more information, and the very long list of senators (mostly Republican) who have stayed silent.