Sen. Steve Daines is planning on a possible return to Washington Saturday on a private plane owned by his fellow Montana Republican lawmaker Rep. Greg Gianforte to vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination.
Daines said Gianforte, a "good friend" and first-term congressman, has offered him use of his private plane if he needs to be back in Washington Saturday night to confirm Kavanaugh after attending his daughter's wedding.
"My good friend and colleague, Greg Gianforte, has come to save the day," Daines said in a statement. "If I need to be in two places at once to walk my daughter down the aisle on her wedding day and to be the final vote to put Judge Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, he's offered me the use of his plane."
"I appreciate his generosity as well as his dedication to family and country," Daines added.
His spokeswoman added that the flight won't cost taxpayers a dime.
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This will NOT be at the taxpayers’ expense.— Katie Schoettler (@KatieSchoettler) October 5, 2018
Talk of Daines' need to be in Montana for the wedding sparked questions as to whether the final vote on Kavanaugh's nomination will be Saturday or possibly in the following days. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said Friday that he expects the vote to still happen on Saturday, and the vote could be held open late to allow Daines time to appear.
It's also possible Daines will not be needed to confirm the judge, assuming that Sens. Jeff Flake, Susan Collins and Joe Manchin all vote as they did in Friday's procedural vote and to confirm Kavanaugh.
"At the end of this weekend, I will have walked my daughter down the aisle at her wedding and there will be a new Supreme Court justice. We’ll wait and see how this all unfolds," Daines told reporters after the cloture vote.