Since pretty much every other Republican is guaranteed to vote to confirm Kavanaugh, Collins' and Murkowski's constituents have been putting extreme pressure on them to vote no.
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The senator and her Republican colleagues are decrying the effort in ME as attempted bribery, as attention shifts from Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings to the question of how lawmakers will vote on his nomination.
"We've had some very abusive callers", Abbot told an NBC affiliate in Maine. Members of the group have met with Collins over the past 18 months on issues such as protecting the state's young immigrants known as Dreamers.
Collins told the Journal, "I have had three attorneys tell me that they think it is a clear violation of federal law on bribery". She hasn't indicated how she might vote.
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The groups states on the fundraising page that Kavanaugh is committed to "ending health care for people with pre-existing conditions". The group isn't actually giving her something of value in exchange for the no vote on Kavanaugh; they're promising not to spend the money they've collected against her. Collins obviously doesn't know her. Sen. If Collins opposes Kavanaugh, none of the donors will be charged for the money they pledged. President Donald Trump has said if he is able to put a second or third justice on the court - he nominated Neil Gorsuch to the court earlier this year - Roe v. Wade being overturned would "happen automatically".
"We expect her to represent us, and we are screaming in the streets practically", she said in an interview. "Kavanaugh, it does so in the shadow of the last day of the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing, with strikingly different depictions of the appeals court judge on display".
Judiciary Committee Democrats repeatedly pressed Kavanaugh on abortion rights, gay rights, health care, executive authority and the ongoing Russian Federation probe last week, but the often-contentious exchanges did not spur a critical group of centrist Democrats to commit to voting for or against the nominee. The same shout-and-arrest pattern continued throughout the week. At USA Today, Erin Kelly reports that Judiciary Committee "Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, released an agenda Monday with Kavanaugh's name at the top of a list of judicial nominees that the committee will consider Thursday", but that "Democrats are expected to use a committee rule to delay the vote until September 20 or 27".
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