Ahead of the vote, Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerOn The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Senators hammers Ross on Trump tariffs | EU levies tariffs on US goods | Senate rejects Trump plan to claw back spending Senators hammer Ross over Trump tariffs GOP senator demands details on 'damaging' tariffs MORE (R-Tenn.), alongside Sens. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderOn The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Supreme Court allows states to collect sales taxes from online retailers | Judge finds consumer bureau structure unconstitutional | Banks clear Fed stress tests Supreme Court rules states can require online sellers to collect sales tax 13 GOP senators ask administration to pause separation of immigrant families MORE (R-Tenn.) and Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyOvernight Defense: Defense spending bill amendments target hot-button issues | Space Force already facing hurdles | Senators voice 'deep' concerns at using military lawyers on immigration cases Senators 'deeply troubled' military lawyers being used for immigration cases Overnight Energy: EPA declines to write new rule for toxic spills | Senate blocks move to stop Obama water rule | EPA bought 'tactical' pants and polos MORE (D-Vt.), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, urged the Senate to cleanly confirm Fowlkes.

"I'm glad to join with Sen. Alexander, with Sen. Leahy and others," Corker said. "I hope we have an overwhelming vote today with this gentleman who I believe is going to be an outstanding federal judge and I want to ask all of my colleagues to join us in supporting this person who, again, I think will be exemplary on the bench as he has been throughout his entire life."

President Obama nominated Fowlkes, formerly a state judge in Tennessee, in December 2011.