“Judge Drain demonstrates a career-long dedication to helping people understand legal work,” Levin said Thursday. “Confirmation of Judge Drain would help relieve the judicial emergency in Michigan.”

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Levin said there is a large backlog of cases in Michigan, so many that it qualifies as a “judicial emergency.”

Most of the opposition came from Republicans, but Sens. Scott Brown (R-Mass), Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsUnder pressure, Trump shifts blame for Russia intrusion Overnight Tech: Judge blocks AT&T request for DOJ communications | Facebook VP apologizes for tweets about Mueller probe | Tech wants Treasury to fight EU tax proposal Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand MORE (R-Ala.) and Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsTop state election official questions why Trump is downplaying threat of Russian election interference: report Russian bots turn to gun control after Florida high school shooting: report The case alleging Russian collusion is not closed MORE (R-Ind.) were among those voting in favor of the nomination. Sen. Ben Nelson (Neb.) was the only Democrat to oppose the nomination.