Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonPoll: 8 in 10 people in key states concerned about driverless cars Ted Cruz and Bill Nelson give NASA a reality check on privatizing International Space Station Overnight Defense: Senate confirms Haspel as CIA chief | Trump offers Kim 'protections' if he gives up nukes | Dem amendments target Trump military parade MORE (D-Fla.) “implored” his colleagues to confirm Chappell ahead of the vote, saying she was not a controversial nominee since she also had the support of GOP Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioAdministration works to assuage critics over ZTE deal Hillicon Valley: Judge rules Trump can't block Twitter users | ISIS content finds a home on Google Plus | Rubio rips ZTE demands as 'terrible deal' | Bill would protect kids' data Overnight Finance: Trump eyes 'different structure' for China trade deal | Trump mulls auto import tariffs | Banks get green light to offer short-term loans MORE (Fla.). Nelson added that he is frustrated by the partisanship obstructionism that is holding up some judicial nominations. He said Chappell waited nearly a year for a confirmation vote.

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“I want to express my concern for the growing partisanship that is dragging down our efforts to fill these judicial vacancies across our nation,” Nelson said. “Obviously these nominees should be confirmed without needless obstacles. … We are clearly going in the wrong direction in this Senate.”

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyDem senator mocks Pruitt over alleged security threats: 'Nobody even knows who you are' Pruitt tells senators: ‘I share your concerns about some of these decisions’ Protesters hold up 'fire him' signs behind Pruitt during hearing MORE (D-Vt.) said this “unprecedented obstruction” was “severely damaging” the judicial system.

Also on Monday, the Senate voted in favor of the nomination of Michael McShane to be U.S. District Judge for Oregon. He was confirmed on a voice-vote.

“Judge McShane has a heart for people, a head for the law and a high-minded sense of justice,” Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenHillicon Valley: Judge rules Trump can't block Twitter users | ISIS content finds a home on Google Plus | Rubio rips ZTE demands as 'terrible deal' | Bill would protect kids' data Wyden presses FBI for information on inflated encryption figures Senate Finance Committee releases 22 opioid bills to mark up in ‘coming weeks’ MORE (D-Ore.) said ahead of the vote. “Judge McShane is clearly qualified for this position."