Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonOvernight Health Care: Ryan's office warns he wasn't part of ObamaCare deal | House conservatives push for mandate repeal in final tax bill | Dem wants probe into CVS-Aetna merger Ryan's office warning he wasn't part of deal on ObamaCare: source Overnight Health Care: Funding bill could provide help for children's health program | Questions for CVS-Aetna deal | Collins doubles funding ask for ObamaCare bill 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 RubioRyan pledges 'entitlement reform' in 2018 Richard Gere welcomes lawmakers' words of support for Tibet Dem lawmaker gives McConnell's tax reform op-ed a failing grade 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 LeahyAvalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign America isn't ready to let Sessions off his leash Your tax dollars fund Afghan child rape 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 WydenDemocratic senator predicts Franken will resign Thursday Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Lobbying world MORE (D-Ore.) said ahead of the vote. “Judge McShane is clearly qualified for this position."