Ahead of the vote, Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) — who is retiring after this year — said he was proud of all the judges he had proposed to serve Connecticut during his time in the Senate, including Shea.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahySenate pressured to take up email privacy bill after overwhelming House vote House unanimously passes email privacy bill This week: Congress on track to miss Puerto Rico deadline MORE (D-Vt.) questioned why it took seven months for Shea's confirmation to come to the floor from committee.
“His nomination has been stalled for no good reason,” Leahy said. “We gave him a bipartisan vote out of committee more than seven months ago. So I have to ask why it took seven months? … Republican obstruction.”
Leahy called on the Senate to vote on the 17 pending judicial nominations before the end of the year so that the backlog doesn’t get pushed into next year.
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