Gianforte Lends Daines His Plane to Fly Back From Wedding to Kavanaugh Vote

Steve Daines
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October 5, 2018

Sen. Steve Daines (R., Mont.) says he will be able to make the Senate vote on Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday despite plans to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding in Montana thanks to Rep. Greg Gianforte (R., Mont.) lending him use of his personal plane.

"My good friend and colleague, Greg Gianforte, has come to save the day," Daines told reporters. "If I need to be in two places at once to walk my daughter down the aisle on her wedding day and to be the final vote to put Judge Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, he's offered me use of his plane."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) has scheduled the full Senate vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation for Saturday evening, and Daines is a confirmed yes vote for the nominee.

"Just cast my vote for Judge Kavanaugh getting him one step closer onto #SCOTUS," Daines tweeted after the procedural vote on Friday morning. "We spoke last night, and I assured him, I will be back to vote YES this weekend if needed. Looking forward to calling Judge Kavanaugh, Justice Kavanaugh."

Following allegations of sexual misconduct by three women levied at Kavanaugh in the previous month, several Senators have been considered swing votes, including Sen. Susan Collins (R., Maine) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska). Murkowski voted against Kavanaugh during the Friday procedural vote. Collins said on Friday afternoon that she would be voting for the nominee.

McConnell said on Friday that he was "optimistic" about Kavanaugh's confirmation.

"We’re heading toward a final vote tomorrow, and I’m optimistic," McConnell told NBC News.

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