Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidHopes rise for law to expand access to experimental drugs If Gorsuch pick leads to 'crisis,' Dems should look in mirror first Senate confirms Mulvaney to be Trump’s budget chief 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 GrassleySenate eyeing vote on Trump's Supreme Court nominee by Easter Afghan man to GOP senator: 'Who's going to save me?' Angst in GOP over Trump's trade agenda 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 McConnellGOP rep on Trump: 'God has used imperfect people to do great things before' McConnell: 'Winners make policy, losers go home' Senate eyeing vote on Trump's Supreme Court nominee by Easter 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 AlexanderOvernight Healthcare: Trump officials weigh fate of birth control mandate | House, DOJ seek delay in ObamaCare lawsuit House, Justice Department ask for delay in ObamaCare lawsuit Top lawmakers from both parties: 'Vaccines save lives' 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.