Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDemocrats turn on Al Franken Minnesota's largest newspaper calls on Franken to resign Democratic senator predicts Franken will resign Thursday MORE (D-Ill.) said Durkin was a bipartisan pick for the judicial position.

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“Tom Durkin has all of the necessary attributes to make an effective federal court judge,” Durbin said on the floor before the vote Monday. “He’s demonstrated strong leadership in his community.”

The 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 President Obama has had the most post-election judicial confirmations in history.

Durkin’s nomination was supposed to get a roll call vote, but 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.) asked that both nominees receive voice-votes after he broke the news that Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) died Monday afternoon.