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Daines will be in DC after daughter's wedding for Kavanaugh vote if needed for confirmation


October 4, 2018

Editor’s note: This version corrects an Associated Press headline that said Daines would leave his daughter’s wedding if needed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Steve Daines said he will return to Washington D.C. by private jet on his daughter's wedding day if his vote is needed to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

The Montana Republican said in a statement to The Associated Press that his Republican colleague, Montana congressman Greg Gianforte, "has come to save the day" by offering him use of his private jet.

Daines' daughter is getting married in Montana on Saturday, when the Senate is expected to hold a final vote on Kavanaugh.

A spokeswoman for Daines said he will walk his daughter down the aisle, and Republicans can hold the vote open if they need him.

There are 51 votes required for confirmation. Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority. Vice President Mike Pence could break a tie.

The Senate on Friday voted to advance Kavanaugh's nomination. A final vote is expected on Saturday afternoon.


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