Senate votes to confirm Shwartz's judicial nomination

“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 MenendezRobert MenendezTim Kaine backs call to boost funding for Israeli missile defense GMO labeling bill advances in the Senate over Dem objections Overnight Finance: Trump threatens NAFTA withdrawal | Senate poised for crucial Puerto Rico vote | Ryan calls for UK trade deal | Senate Dems block Zika funding deal MORE (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.”

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Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyTop senators want details on probe of DNC breach Top Dem Senate hopefuls to skip convention Election to shape Supreme Court MORE (R-Iowa) pointed out that Shwartz was the tenth judicial nomination the Senate has considered in the 113th Congress. Grassley said that complaints from President Obama’s administration that the Senate is “arbitrarily delaying” nominees “ignores the facts” since in 2005 at this same point, President George W. Bush hadn’t received even one judicial confirmation.

“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.”

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On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidDems put immigration front-and-center on convention's first day Dem ad blasts Indiana senate candidate on Social Security Super-PAC targets Portman on trade MORE (D-Nev.) said the Senate would likely be working on judicial and cabinet nominees through the week.

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