Sen. Bill NelsonBill NelsonLawmakers stare down challenge of cyber-enabled ‘fake news’ United explains passenger removal to senators Overnight Cybersecurity: Ex-officials warn 'Buy American' might harm Pentagon cybersecurity | Chair nudges Trump on cyber order | House gets security training 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 RubioOvernight Defense: Commander calls North Korea crisis 'worst' he's seen | Trump signs VA order | Dems push Trump to fill national security posts What’s with Trump’s spelling mistakes? Boeing must be stopped from doing business with Iran 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.

“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 LeahyLawmakers talk climate for Earth Day, Science March Poll: Sanders most popular senator in the US Senate Dems offer bill to restore internet privacy rules 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 WydenRon WydenOvernight Tech: Net neutrality fight descends into trench warfare | Zuckerberg visits Ford factory | Verizon shines light on cyber espionage Franken, top Dems blast FCC over net neutrality proposal Trump goes big on tax reform MORE (D-Ore.) said ahead of the vote. “Judge McShane is clearly qualified for this position."