This morning, the Senate votes on confirming Congressman Mick Mulvaney as Director of the Office of Management and Budget. While McCain voted for cloture, he is still allegedly a no. One Senator has made their final decision clear: Susan Collins, who will be voting yes. Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran is apparently now a yes, but even if he opposes the South Carolina Representative, Mulvaney has fifty other ayes and Vice President Pence available to cast a tie-breaking vote. This would mark the second time in less than a month where the Vice President has been needed in such a manner: he cast the key vote for Betsy DeVos just weeks ago.
We are covering the vote live today at 10:30am. Refresh this page frequently for the latest tallies and updates.
Updated at 11:08am
McConnell commenting on Scott Pruitt, Obamacare (1009am)
Now Schumer is commenting about President Trump, Flynn, and Russia. (1019am) and is now finished (1031am)
Debate begins- Dick Durbin up first (1032am)
Enzi up now, talking about Old West hangings (1038am)
Debate is now over, roll called (1042am)
Heitkamp and Tester both nays. With Cochran in, he hits 51 w/o McCain. (1051am)
Manchin is a NO- no D is going to vote for Mulvaney. (1102am)
McCain erronously called for as aye by announcer, corrected to nay
As a guide, here’s our current floor estimate for today’s confirmation vote. We will replace it with the actual tally as soon as the vote is complete.