WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley says the Senate could confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in time for the new court term that begins Oct. 1.
The Iowa Republican said late Tuesday that the committee could vote on Kavanaugh's nomination on Sept. 13. Democrats could force a week's delay, which would result in a final committee vote Sept. 20. A final Senate vote to confirm Kavanaugh could happen later the following week.
For Supreme Court nominations, the Judiciary Committee has traditionally voted to recommend a nominee favorably or unfavorably, giving the full Senate the final say.
Kavanaugh's first day of confirmation hearings began Tuesday morning and adjourned just before 5 p.m.
The judge is scheduled to begin answering questions from lawmakers Wednesday.