"I think it is particularly important that the Senate take it up and confirm this nomination before the election," the Texas Republican said.
"I did not support taking up a nomination eight months before the 2016 election to fill the vacancy created by the passing of Justice Scalia," the Republican senator from Alaska said.
"You stated a pretty firm principle about Merrick Garland: 'It's wrong to deny voters a chance to way in,'" host Chris Wallace pointed out to the Republican senator from Arkansas.
Several GOP senators have offered support for their colleague Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) after President Donald Trump vowed to campaign for anyone "good or bad" running against her in 2022.
The condemnation from former Defense Secretary James Mattis and the GOP senator add to the growing list of politicos and military figures who have denounced Trump's handling of the civil unrest that has sparked in cities from coast to coast over the death of a black man by a white police officer.
Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Lisa Murkowski have jointly introduced a bill intended to strengthen the enforcement of hate crimes laws.
GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski said Monday that she would vote to acquit President Donald Trump. "I cannot vote to acquit," Murkowski told the Senate.
"Hey hey, ho ho, Susan Collins has to go," the best-selling author tweeted.
Senate Republicans expressed dismay after the House Intelligence Committee Chairman repeated an anonymously-sourced quote which said Donald Trump will put senators' "head on a pike" if they vote against the president.
Andrew Napolitano cited "new emails of people getting instructions directly from the president to hold up on the sending of the [military] funds [to Ukraine]."
"Staying silent will only lead observers to infer that you care more about book royalties than, you know, who should be the president of the United States," Daniel W. Drezner wrote.
"But I think anyone voting on the facts, anyone voting on the law, this is a very easy vote," the senator from Texas argued.
"I think Senator McConnell is entitled to his opinion and his approach, so is Senator Murkowski," Kennedy told CNN.
Richard Blumenthal said Murkowski's statements reflected "strong reservations" held by other Republicans in the Senate.
Alaska Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski said she was "disturbed" after hearing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other top GOP senators were coordinating the impending impeachment trial with the White House.
The Senate majority leader can afford to have only two of his members side with the Democrats if the minority leader forces a chamber vote on whether to allow witnesses during the trial.
The day before a New York teenager died, an appellate court blocked a state ban on fruity flavored nicotine products that attract teenage and young adult buyers.
President Donald Trump signed the country's largest wilderness preservation legislation in a decade—but cut Environmental Protection Agency funding by 31 percent.
"We lost the election in November and now we've lost six weeks to get our strength back, to get our position back," GOP Representative Peter T. King of New York said.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine continues to receive thousands of coat hangers at her office ahead of her potential swing vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's SCOTUS confirmation.
Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Lisa Murkowski also spoke out over Trump's reported imminent firing of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
The amendment was part of a comprehensive energy bill later approved by the Senate.