Ahead of the vote on Wednesday, Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsDHS secretary defends Trump administration's migrant policies White House faces growing outcry over migrant family policies GOP senators push for clarification on migrant family separations MORE (R-Maine) said President Obama couldn’t have made a better choice in his nomination.

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“Mr. Kayatta is an attorney of exceptional intelligence and has demonstrated integrity,” Collins said. “I cannot tell you how highly regarded he is in the Maine legal community.”

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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 Joseph LeahyStudent rips DeVos at school safety commission for failure to take on guns DeVos: Safety commission won’t focus on role of guns in school violence Stakeholder group urges Senate panel to fund Amtrak, Northeast Corridor 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.