The administration drew criticism for a similar move last year from advocates who said the downtime would hinder efforts to sign people up for coverage, but the administration counters that maintenance downtime happens every year and is created to occur during the slowest periods on the site.
Kavanaugh was accused of sexual misconduct in high school and college. He denied the claims vigorously, and no corrobroating evidence was ever produced to support the allegations.
West Virginians had been led by Democrats for decades, but they overwhelmingly backed President Donald Trump in the 2016 election.
At a recent event in Washington, D.C., House Speaker Paul Ryan offered a similar take.
Sixty-four percent (64%) of Republicans are Very Angry about the Senate's treatment of Kavanaugh, a view shared by 30% of Democrats and 34% of unaffiliated voters.
She added: "Republicans are saying, 'We want to see results in Washington". Lisa Murkowski for voting against Brett Kavanaugh.
Kavanaugh reportedly talked occasionally with Justice Elena Kagan; he sits beside her on the bench.
A Democratic measure aimed at eliminating short-term health care plans that don't cover pre-existing conditions failed in the Senate on Wednesday in a tied vote of 50-50.
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He recalled how Republicans were enthusiastic about going after President Bill Clinton in the 1990s.
McConnell added that "this business of presidential harassment may or may not quite be the victor they think it is". Those who believe that Supreme Court justices have way too much power can be found on both the left and the right; in fact, a 2017 Reuters/Ipsos poll found that ten-year terms for Supreme Court justices were favored by 74% of Republicans and 66% of Democrats.
Kavanaugh, a veteran of such proceedings after 12 years on an influential US appeals court, looked at ease as he asked several questions during two hours of lively oral arguments involving a federal sentencing law for repeat offenders.
In September, Christine Blasey Ford alleged in testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee that, when she was 15 and he was 17, Kavanaugh held her down and attempted to rape her in a bedroom at a party while covering her mouth to stop her from screaming.
McConnell said he doesn't agree and pointed to the fact that Murkowski had won re-election as a write-in candidate in 2010. During the vote, Murkowski withdrew her "no" vote, changing it to "present" instead, effectively pairing it with Republican Sen.
In less than 21 months, the Senate has confirmed two Supreme Court justices, 26 circuit court judges and 41 district court picks.
He said it was unprecedented for a new justice to face such a situation.
Discipline under those rules could have ranged from Kavanaugh getting a private talking-to by the chief judge on his circuit -Garland - to a suspension from hearing cases and even to a referral to the House of Representatives for possible impeachment proceedings.