Senate Republicans appear to have locked up the votes needed to take up a Supreme Court nominee this year after Sen. Mitt Romney announced Tuesday he backs the move.
“I intend to follow the Constitution and precedent in considering the president’s nominee,” Romney, a Utah Republican, said in a statement. “If the nominee reaches the Senate floor, I intend to vote based upon their qualifications.”
Romney’s support means Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell won’t need a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence to advance a nominee to the floor.
Republicans Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said