“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 MenendezTaiwan deserves to participate in United Nations The way forward on the Iran nuclear deal under President Trump Corruption trial could roil NJ Senate race 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.”
“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 ReidDraft House bill ignites new Yucca Mountain fight Week ahead: House to revive Yucca Mountain fight Warren builds her brand with 2020 down the road MORE (D-Nev.) said the Senate would likely be working on judicial and cabinet nominees through the week.