Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinGun proposal picks up GOP support Durbin: I had 'nothing to do' with Curbelo snub Republicans jockey for position on immigration 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 GrassleyRepublicans jockey for position on immigration House clears bill to combat crimes against elderly Grassley: DACA deal wouldn't need border wall funding 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 ReidChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies Republicans are headed for a disappointing end to their year in power Obama's HHS secretary could testify in Menendez trial MORE (D-Nev.) asked that both nominees receive voice-votes after he broke the news that Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) died Monday afternoon.