Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidBill O'Reilly: Politics helped kill Kate Steinle, Zarate just pulled the trigger Tax reform is nightmare Déjà vu for Puerto Rico Ex-Obama and Reid staffers: McConnell would pretend to be busy to avoid meeting with Obama 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.

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“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 GrassleyGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration Thanks to the farm lobby, the US is stuck with a broken ethanol policy 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 McConnellGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat McConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Brent Budowsky: A plea to Alabama voters 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 Finance: Trump says shutdown 'could happen' | Ryan, conservatives inch closer to spending deal | Senate approves motion to go to tax conference | Ryan promises 'entitlement reform' in 2018 Senate approves motion to go to tax conference House conservatives, Ryan inch closer toward spending deal 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.