The House remains in recess through the November midterm elections and the Senate returns tomorrow to proceed with the House-passed Water Infrastructure (WRDA) bill. The Senate is currently scheduled to remain in session until October 26th, but could leave town earlier if a deal is made to confirm additional presidential nominations and circuit court judges.

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Kavanaugh Confirmation:

Ending what is widely seen as the most controversial and heavily scrutinized nomination process for a Supreme Court Justice, on Friday, the Senate voted to invoke cloture on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court with critical yes votes from Senators Collins, Flake, and Manchin, while a lone Republican no vote from Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

The cloture vote limited debate on the nominee for 30 hours and a final vote of confirmation was held on Saturday, confirming Justice Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the SCOTUS by a vote of 50-48. Sen. Manchin was the lone Democrat to support the final vote for confirmation, while Senator Murkowski voted present in a Senate practice known as “pairing” to offset the absence of Republican Sen. Steve Daines, who was in Montana to attend to his daughter’s wedding.

Kavanaugh was officially sworn in on Saturday after his confirmation and his seat is seen as a big victory for President Trump and the Senate Majority, giving conservative Justices a 5-4 majority on the court.

On Friday, ABC sent out an action alert and key vote letter (attached here) in support of Kavanaugh.

Election Update:

We are only 29 days away from the November midterm elections, and while the Senate seems to lean towards republicans maintaining their majority in the upper chamber with solid leads in North Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas, the House is at risk of swinging back to Democratic control for the first time since 2010.

A new Washington Post and George Mason University Poll of 69 battleground House districts show Democrats with a narrow lead over Republicans. The survey shows that 50 percent of likely voters in these districts prefer the Democratic nominee while 46 percent prefer the Republican. By way of comparison, in 2016 these same districts favored Republican candidates over Democratic ones by 15 percentage points, 56 percent to 41 percent. Democrats need to flip a net of 23 GOP held districts to take control of the House next year.

ICYMI, ABC launched two websites – ABCvotes.com and WeBuildAmerica.com – focused on the November elections.