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Pres. Trump is set to announce his nominee for the high court – here’s a look at what happens next …

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ROUND I: Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings

  • Nominee submits a questionnaire & other records to Senate.
  • During open (public) hearings, the cmte asks the nominee about their judicial philosophy to get an idea of how they *might* rule.
  • Next, the cmte sends a recommendation on whether or not to confirm the nominee to the full Senate.
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Senate Debate & Vote

  • The Senate debates the nomination during closed proceedings; this is not public.
  • In order to end debate and move to the confirmation vote, 51 votes are needed.
  • Once debate is over, the Senate votes on whether to confirm the nominee – a simple majority is required to confirm the nominee.
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What if there’s a tie?
As the head of the Senate, Vice President Mike Pence would cast the deciding vote.

How long will it take?
Since 1975, the process from nomination to final vote has taken anywhere from 19 to 87 days.

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Insiders say Pres. Trump will pick one of the following: Brett Kavanaugh (D.C. Court of Appeals), Amy Coney Barrett (7th Circuit Court of Appeals) or Raymond Kethledge (6th Circuit Court of Appeals). Learn about them here:

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