By Ramsey Cox
“I’ve always taken the role of advice and consent for judicial nominees very seriously. … In the end we always look to confirm the best and most qualified individuals,” Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) said ahead of the vote. “Having spent time meeting with Judge Shwartz, I am convinced that she has the high character to serve as a circuit court judge.”
“So I say to the White House quit complaining or get the nominees up here,” Grassley said, suggesting that the administration nominate more judges to deal with the judicial emergency in some states.
Grassley said he wasn’t going to support Shwartz’s nomination “because of her lack of candor at her hearing.”
GOP Sens. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Susan Collins (Maine), Deb Fischer (Neb.), Mike Johanns (Neb.), Johnny Isakson (Ga.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), John McCain (Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Rob Portman (Ohio) voted with Democrats to confirm Shwartz.
On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said the Senate would likely be working on judicial and cabinet nominees through the week.