Senate votes 97-0 to clear DC Circuit Court nominee

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (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 Grassley (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 McConnell (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 Alexander (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.