Reid said that D.C. circuit court has four vacancies and that President Obama is the only president to not get a D.C. circuit nominee confirmed during a four-year term. He said Republicans blocked Halligan's nomination during the last Congress.

“Republicans have again and again injected politics into the confirmation process,” Reid said on the Senate floor Monday. “There was once a time when the Republicans were defending the president’s right to choose the players on his own team, but that was back when a Republican was in the White House."

Reid added that the Senate would also consider the nomination of John Brennan to lead the CIA. The Senate Intelligence Committee is expected to approve Brennan’s nomination on Tuesday, meaning a Senate vote would likely come Wednesday or Thursday.

“He’s very well qualified and should be confirmed quickly,” Reid said. "It will be a test of Republican’s goodwill.”

Reid was critical of Republicans for holding up the nomination of Chuck HagelCharles (Chuck) Timothy HagelIntel chief: Federal debt poses 'dire threat' to national security Hagel: Trump is 'an embarrassment' Tax cut complete, hawks push for military increase MORE to lead the Department of Defense for two weeks. Hagel was eventually confirmed at the end of last month. Reid said he hoped Republicans wouldn’t filibuster Brennan’s nomination as well for the sake of national security.