The Senate on Monday confirmed three judicial nominations, including one that failed to be confirmed in the last two Congresses and was originally appointed by President George W. Bush.
The Senate confirmed Marco Hernandez of Oregon by unanimous consent to be the U.S. district judge for the District of Oregon. Before his approval, Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) took to the Senate floor and said Hernandez's position is now seen as an emergency post to fill, and lamented that the Obama administration did not re-nominate him earlier last year, which might have let him be confirmed in 2010.
The Senate also confirmed Diana Saldana of Texas to be the district judge for the Southern District of Texas. She was confirmed in a 94-0 vote.
The Senate then confirmed Paul Holmes of Arkansas, by a 95-0 vote, to be U.S. district judge for the Western District of Arkansas.