McConnell said Thursday he plans to vote for the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Friday, the day he was sworn in as the nation’s 45th president.
The Kentucky Republican told reporters he was “really excited” about the confirmation of Kavanaugh, who was nominated by President Donald Trump last month.
He said he had not spoken with the president and was “not ready to discuss” the nomination.
“I’ve been looking forward to this since I first met him, so it’s a pleasure to get to do it,” McConnell said.
“We’re going to do our best to move forward with Judge Kavanaugh as our next president.”
In the weeks leading up to the election, Trump publicly decried the confirmation process and urged Republicans to oppose it.
Democrats, however, said the nominee had the qualifications and experience to be a good justice and was not a political novice.
The Republican president said he and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York would work on a compromise to get the nomination confirmed.
Democrats are also pushing to move Kavanaugh’s nomination to a second day to allow for a full vote.
Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he expects a vote to occur in the coming days.
Democrats said Kavanaugh has been a reliable conservative, but they said he is unlikely to change the Supreme Court’s liberal majority.