Senate clears two more non-controversial judicial nominees

The Senate on Monday confirmed two more judicial nominations after several hours of debate.

The Senate cleared James Graves to be a United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit by unanimous consent and confirmed Edward Davila to be a United States District Judge for the Northern District of California in a vote of 93-0.

In speeches in favor of the judicial nominees several Republicans took the opportunity to criticize President Obama's newly released budget for the 2012 fiscal year.

Graves and Davila were the fourth and fifth judicial nominees to be cleared under a new agreement that expedites the procedure for confirmation.

Prior to debate Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced there would be no more votes on Monday night but that senators could expect at least two votes on amendments to the Federal Aviation Administration authorization bill on Tuesday morning prior to the weekly caucus lunches.

Reid said the Senate will complete the FAA bill this week.

As of around 7 p.m. the Senate stood in a quorum call.