“He’s well regarded by lawyers and litigants that come before him,” Sen. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyOPINION | 5 ways Democrats can win back power in the states The real litmus test is whether pro-life democrats vote for pro-life legislation There’s a way to protect consumers and keep good call center jobs in the U.S. MORE Jr. (D-Pa.) said ahead of the vote.

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The Senate also confirmed Nitza Quinones Alejandro to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She was confirmed by voice vote.

“Judge Quinones is very well prepared as a judge and conscientious as a judicial official,” Casey said. “She runs a good court room and treats litigators fairly.”

Casey added that both confirmations were “critically important to justice” for his state.

Democrats have complained that Republicans needlessly block and delay Obama’s nominees, but Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) said the Senate has confirmed more than 190 of Obama’s judicial nominees and blocked only two.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahyImmigration battlefield widens for Trump, GOP Grassley shouldn't allow Senate Democrats to block judicial nominees Trump’s rhetoric and bluster could lose US an ally in Mexico MORE (D-Vt.) countered that the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has three vacancies but Republicans were allowing a vote on only two of the nominees, despite all three being voted out of committee unanimously. Leahy said there are currently seven pending judicial nominees and that there was no reason the Senate shouldn't vote on all of them.

"We have these nominees," Leahy said. "We ought to vote on them today."