Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions’ vote has been delayed by one week, while Department of Housing and Urban Development nominee Ben Carson easily received approval by the Banking Committee. Only one Committee member needs to raise delay, and Senator Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) request was honored by Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA). The Committee will meet next Tuesday for the vote, which Senator Sessions is expected to receive by at least a party-line majority. Meanwhile, Dr. Carson cleared his Committee by voice vote, and his nomination now heads to the Senate floor.
While Dr. Carson will likely pull in a pile of Democrats on his floor vote, Senator Sessions has been a controversial pick from day one. Here is our current estimated floor vote count.
With all Senate Republicans and Senator Joe Manchin backing him, we expect him to get 52 votes. Far more Democrats have come out against him than any other nominee, we currently have the expected nays at 29. Further, at this point we anticipate Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson’s eventual floor vote to mirror Sessions’.