Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley said Judge Kavanaugh should be confirmed on Saturday, and said there would be no more delays to the process.
Lawmakers are planning on a procedural vote Friday, which is expected to indicate whether Judge Kavanaugh has the 50 votes he would need for confirmation, with Republican Vice President Mike Pence breaking a 50-50 tie. If Republicans prevail on Friday, a final vote could come as early as Saturday.
Republicans on the Judiciary Committee condemned what they called obstruction from Democratic senators and blasted a process which they said had become overly partisan.
The senators also worried that the partisan process, in which Democrats and Republicans attacked each other personally at times, would lead to a lack of decorum in the Senate. And Sen. John Cornyn (R., Texas) said the allegations of sexual assault levied against Judge Kavanaugh may stop people from wanting to be nominated to serve on the judiciary.
“If this is the new normal, woe be to the Senate and any nominee that would be subjected to the unacceptable character assassination that we’ve seen directed” at Judge Kavanaugh, he said.