Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidOvernight Finance: Obama signs Puerto Rico bill | Trump steps up attacks on trade | Dodd-Frank backers cheer 'too big to fail' decision | New pressure to fill Ex-Im board Iowa poll: Clinton up 14 on Trump, Grassley in tight race with Dem Lynch meeting with Bill Clinton creates firestorm for email case 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.
Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyThe Trail 2016: Meet and greet and grief Iowa poll: Clinton up 14 on Trump, Grassley in tight race with Dem Immigration protesters interrupt Jeh Johnson hearing 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 McConnellMitch McConnellCongress fails on promises to restore regular order and stop funding by crisis Overnight Healthcare: Dems dig in over Zika funding Business groups ramp up pressure to fill Ex-Im board 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 AlexanderLamar AlexanderVeep auditions in overdrive Senators press Obama education chief on reforms Senate honors Tennessee coach Pat Summitt 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.