Senate votes to confirm judicial nominees

Sen. Bill Nelson (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 Rubio (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 Leahy (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 Wyden (D-Ore.) said ahead of the vote. “Judge McShane is clearly qualified for this position."