Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandConfirm Gary Richard Brown for the Eastern District of New York GOP shouldn't play politics with Mattis pick Dem vet lawmaker: Senate 'would be wise' to confirm Mattis MORE (D-N.Y.) said Torres was a “fair-minded woman with great integrity.” She added that she was glad to see another woman appointed to the bench because “diversity” in the courts is a necessary step, not just an “ideal” to aspire toward.

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Gillibrand said she hoped other pending judicial nominees would soon get votes.

That remark prompted Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyBusiness groups express support for Branstad nomination 10 no-brainer ways to cut healthcare costs without hurting quality Senate GOP: National museum should include Clarence Thomas MORE (R-Iowa) to say Democrats are crying "crocodile tears” since they have had more nominees confirmed than George W. Bush got at this same point in his presidency.

“I’m sick of these crocodile tears we’ve been hearing,” Grassley said. “So quit crying.”

The Senate also voted 94-0 to confirm Derrick Kahala Watson to be U.S. District Judge for Hawaii.

Sen. Mazie HironoMazie HironoBudowsky: Did Putin elect Trump? This Week in Cybersecurity: Dems press for information on Russian hacks Overnight Cybersecurity: Last-ditch effort to stop expanded hacking powers fails MORE (D-Hawaii) praised Watson, saying he had “the qualifications, ability and temperament to be an outstanding judge for Hawaii.” Ahead of the vote, she also pointed out that once Watson is confirmed, the Hawaii district court would be the first U.S. court to have a majority of Asian pacific islanders sitting on the bench.