Ahead of the vote on Wednesday, Sen. Susan CollinsSusan CollinsGOP rep faces testy crowd at constituent meeting over ObamaCare DeVos vows to be advocate for 'great' public schools GOP senators introducing ObamaCare replacement Monday MORE (R-Maine) said President Obama couldn’t have made a better choice in his nomination.
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Collins said Kayatta’s nomination was held up last year because of “election year politics.”
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahyVA leaving navy veterans adrift in sea of Agent Orange Senate confirms first nominees of Trump era Senate gears up for battle over Trump's CIA pick MORE (D-Vt.) apologized for the delay, but added that the committee moved Kayatta’s nomination quickly.
“I am sorry that it has taken so long,” Leahy said. “I’m glad he’ll finally receive a vote.”
Leahy said partisan delays on judicial nominations have hurt the "integrity" and “politicized” the courts.