Alabama's senators split along party lines during Friday's procedural vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The Senate voted 51-49 to limit debate, setting up a final vote on Saturday. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Tuscaloosa) voted in favor of the motion, while Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook) was opposed. Several swing senators, including Susan Collins (R-Maine), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), and Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) Friday announced their support for Kavanaugh, giving him the votes needed for confirmation. The Alabama Republican Party praised Shelby for his vote, while criticizing Jones. "In 2020 the voters will hold Senator Jones responsible for continually ignoring the will of Alabamians and instead choosing to follow the bidding of Democrat leadership," a statement from the party said.
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