Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidWATCH: There is no Trump-Russia collusion and the media should stop pushing this The demise of debate in Congress ‘North by Northwest,’ the Carter Page remake MORE (D-Nev.) accused Republicans of obstructionism and delay since Srinivasan’s nomination cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously. Reid said he had been waiting more than one year for the vote.

“This man has been waiting one year so you can talk about how quick it came, but he’s been waiting for one year,” Reid said. “Things are not working well here in the Senate.”

Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyPavlich: The claim Trump let the mentally ill get guns is a lie Congress fails miserably: For Asian-Americans, immigration proposals are personal attacks Grassley, Dems step up battle over judicial nominees MORE (R-Iowa) said Srinivasan was “supremely qualified” for the position, but said the majority had exercised “needless shenanigans” by claiming obstructionism.

“[Srinivasan] was placed on the executive calendar just three days ago,” Grassley said. “[Democrats] are trying to create an appearance of obstructionism where no obstruction exists.

“The fact of the matter is there is no obstruction.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLawmakers feel pressure on guns Bipartisan group of House lawmakers urge action on Export-Import Bank nominees Curbelo Dem rival lashes out over immigration failure MORE (R-Ky.) said Democrats are trying to “stack the court” because they don’t like recent decisions the D.C. Circuit has made, particularly the ruling that President Obama made unconstitutional recess appointment to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

McConnell also said Democrats were “manufacturing a problem.” He said President Obama has had more judicial nominees confirmed in his second term than President George W. Bush did at the same point.

Sen. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderOvernight Health Care: Trump health chief backs CDC research on gun violence | GOP negotiators meet on ObamaCare market fix | Groups sue over cuts to teen pregnancy program GOP negotiators meet on ObamaCare market fix 30 million people will experience eating disorders — the CDC needs to help MORE (R-Tenn.) agreed with McConnell, pointing out that Srinivasan was not a controversial nominee.

“There is not a problem with President Obama’s nominees getting a timely and thoughtful vote,” Alexander said.

Republicans blocked Obama's nomination of Caitlin Halligan to the same court twice. She withdrew her nomination in March.