Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked one of President Obama’s three nominees to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

On Tuesday, the Senate voted 56-41 on a motion to end debate on the nominee, Cornelia Pillard. Democrats needed 60 votes to overcome the Republican filibuster — GOP Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Health Care: 3.6M signed up for ObamaCare in first month | Ryan pledges 'entitlement reform' next year | Dems push for more money to fight opioids Study: ObamaCare bills backed by Collins would lower premiums Right scrambles GOP budget strategy MORE (Maine) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Week ahead: Trump expected to shrink two national monuments GOP on verge of opening Arctic refuge to drilling MORE (Alaska) voted with Democrats.

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“It is unfortunate that Republicans have chosen to filibuster the nomination of yet another talented female jurist and dedicated public servant to fill a vacant seat on [the D.C. Circuit] court,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidBill O'Reilly: Politics helped kill Kate Steinle, Zarate just pulled the trigger Tax reform is nightmare Déjà vu for Puerto Rico Ex-Obama and Reid staffers: McConnell would pretend to be busy to avoid meeting with Obama MORE (D-Nev.), who voted against the cloture motion as a procedural move so he can bring the nominee up again.

“Since a Democrat was elected to the White House, Republicans have blocked two exceedingly qualified female nominees to the D.C. Circuit.”

Republicans had already blocked one of Obama’s other nominees to the D.C. Court of Appeals, which has three vacancies. They say the president is trying to “pack” the court with liberals that will “rubber-stamp” his agenda.

Republicans have also argued that the D.C. Circuit Court doesn’t need 11 seats because the eight judges currently serving have low caseloads and that two of the seats should be moved to other appellate courts that have higher caseloads and judicial emergencies. 

“The court’s caseload makes clear that the court’s work load doesn’t justify additional judges,” Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration Thanks to the farm lobby, the US is stuck with a broken ethanol policy MORE (R-Iowa) said ahead of the vote. “Especially when it costs American taxpayers $1 million a year per judge.”

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyAvalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign America isn't ready to let Sessions off his leash Your tax dollars fund Afghan child rape MORE (D-Vt.) said that argument doesn’t pass the “giggle test.”

Some Democrats have argued that the Republican obstruction is politically motivated and sexist. The two other nominees that Republicans have blocked — Caitlin Halligan and Patricia Millett — were also women. Halligan's nomination was withdrawn by Obama earlier this year.

“Just stand up and say you don’t want women on this court,” Leahy said. “Don’t give me a bunch of folderol on cost.”

Grassley said it was “offensive” that Democrats would say Republicans are blocking the nominees because of their gender.