The Senate voted Wednesday to confirm a nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, a milestone in a tumultuous time for the nation’s top court.
President Donald Trump and Republican senators on the Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to confirm the judge to fill the seat of Antonin Scalia.
“We are so thankful for the strong support from all members of the Senate Judiciary Committee who worked tirelessly over the last several days to secure our nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh,” the president said in a statement.
“Our country is in deep trouble and Judge Kavanaugh has made the nation safer and stronger.
Judge Kavanaugh will be a great Supreme Court Justice and I look forward to his confirmation.”
Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) did not offer any reasons for the vote.
The Judiciary Committee will hold a confirmation hearing in January, after which it will take a vote on the nominee.
The Judiciary Committee is the main vehicle through which senators can block the confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee.
But the vote came after Republican senators had already tried to block Kavanaugh from the Supreme Court because of his past history of sexual misconduct.