The Senate is set to vote Tuesday on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the former Supreme Court justice nominated by President Donald Trump, to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court that was filled by Justice Neil Gorsuch.
The vote comes just a day after Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch, a nominee who was widely considered to be Trump’s choice to fill Scalia’s seat on Friday.
Republicans are pushing for a quick vote, but Democrats have vowed to filibuster any attempt at procedural motions that would delay the vote.
Trump has previously promised to replace Scalia with someone of his own choice.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has called the vote a “historic day.”
The nomination was the first to come to the Senate floor since Trump’s November election, and it has become a rallying cry for Democrats as they look to take back the Senate.
Republicans want a quick Senate vote so they can get the Supreme Council of the United States, a body of six federal judges, to approve Kavanaugh’s nomination.
Democrats are calling for a vote that would allow senators to get to the final vote in the Senate, and to do so before Gorsuch’s confirmation process.
They are also calling on McConnell to hold a vote to confirm Gorsuch in a public forum, as Senate rules require.
Senate Democrats are already pushing for the vote, which is set for 6 p.m.