But that advance came with an asterisk.
Republicans hold a slim 51-49 margin in the Senate.
Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 27, about her allegations that Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a Maryland house party in the summer of 1982.
Emotions were still running high Friday, and protesters confronted senators in the halls. Ford's answer suggested that her lawyers were working in concert with Democrats to delay a vote on Kavanaugh's nomination in the hopes that they take back the Senate in the upcoming midterm elections. This mean that the full Senate will not vote early next week, as expected. Senator Jeff Flake, the controlling vote in the committee, negotiated a compromise. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) requesting an additional FBI investigation into Brett Kavanaugh for alleged false statements during Senate testimony. But there was no specific direction as to what that might include.
Kavanaugh and Ford, who says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when both were teenagers, testified publicly before the Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
"There's lingering doubt out there among a lot of people that we haven't taken every measure that we should to make sure that these allegations are dealt with, and so that's what this effort is about", he said.
Her attorney, John Clune, said Ramirez is cooperating with the Federal Bureau of Investigation as agents investigate the batch of allegations in Kavanaugh's reopened background check.
Ramirez said the the assault occurred during the 1983-84 school year at Yale University, where they both were students.
Flake, a key moderate Republican, was at the centre of Friday's uncertainty. After issuing his statement Friday morning, remained "unsettled" by the partisan rancor he was witnessing on the Senate Judiciary Committee, where multiple Democrats walked out in protest midway through Friday's proceedings. Though Flake didn't say that anything in particular influenced his decision, the dramatic elevator video has become emblematic of the outrage felt by many survivors of sexual assault.
Archila said Friday night she was looking for Flake to step up.
The confrontation was captured by television cameras.
Investigators compile information about the nominee's past and then provide findings to the agency that requested the background check - in this case, the White House. All 11 are Republicans, the party of President Trump.
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, Thursday.
Attention quickly turned to a handful of undeclared senators.
"I can not imagine that for the next 50 years they will have to have someone in the Supreme Court who has been accused of violating a young girl".
West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin said he supported Flake's call for a further probe "so that our country can have confidence in the outcome of this vote".
"And I'm Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona", Flake added.
"We're not going to give it to them", Trump said.
Flake's vote on final approval is not assured either. Many conservatives hope Kavanaugh's appointment leads to a reversal of the court's protection for women's abortion rights and for "affirmative action" programs supporting minorities in schools and jobs. Here's what she said next.
There will be considerable pressure on the White House to turn over the complete file as soon as possible.
After seeing Ford's powerful testimony, White House aides and allies expressed concern that Kavanaugh, whose nomination already seemed to be teetering, would have difficulty to deliver a strong enough showing to match hers.