A simple majority is required.
Texas may have an ally to gain if President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, is confirmed. "There is no one in America more qualified for this position, and no one more deserving".
"He's devoted his life to public service", Shah continued.
Former Clerk for Judge Kavanaugh Hagan Scotten and former Clerk for Justice Scalia Ed Whelan on how much pushback Judge Kavanaugh will receive from Democrats. It was ruled a suicide, but some people dispute this.
As a member of Ken Starr's staff, Kavanaugh pushed for an aggressive prosecution of President Clinton.
Kavanaugh found himself in the middle of controversy yet again when he joined the legal team of then-President-elect George W. Bush to argue against recounting Florida ballots. "We call it an attempt to bork the nominee", McConnell said.More news: Liverpool Expect To Sign Xherdan Shaqiri In Next Two Weeks
Durbin also sits on the judiciary committee. But they warn that confirming him will tilt the court rightward, potentially rolling back women's access to abortion and undoing aspects of the Affordable Care Act. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer has promised to protect abortion rights.
"To my Democratic colleagues, I ask no more of you than I ask for myself, use the qualifications standard, having said that, I know most won't", Graham said.
Other Democrats are anxious about Kavanaugh's written opinion that a President should not face legal action for a crime while in office.
Questions of this nature could end up being decided by the court in the coming months, as Trump is a subject of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign's possible role in it. They say Trump might be accused of a crime.
Obviously, dramatic news about Kavanaugh's record or values that proves disqualifying would change the nature of the confirmation process.More news: British woman killed by Russian nerve gas
While Yale told Fox News they do not comment on online petitions, the Dean of Yale Law School, Heather Gerken, the person to whom the letter is addressed, publicly praised the D.C. Circuit judge and 1990 Yale Law School graduate in a statement Monday following Trump's public address at the White House.
Second, Trump picked the only potential high court candidate who assures that the confirmation hearings will be dominated by a discussion of Trump's vulnerability to criminal proceedings as a sitting president.
However, his selection will start a major confirmation battle in the U.S. Senate.
Republicans have a 51-49 majority in the Senate.
Kavanaugh spent 12 years as a judge on the US Court of Appeals in Washington, DC, and has a record of more conservative rulings on environmental cases, favoring industry over regulators especially in cases related to greenhouse gas emissions.More news: Xiaomi IPO: Shares slip in trading debut