Republicans have secured the numbers needed to ensure that President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee will face a confirmation vote in the Senate.
Senator Mitt Romney of Utah has given the party the 51 votes needed to move forward with voting on Mr Trump’s candidate to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday.
The move ensures a bitter political battle.
Democrats argued there should be no confirmation in an election year.
President Trump says he will announce his nominee on Saturday.