“He’s well regarded by lawyers and litigants that come before him,” Sen. Bob Casey Jr. (D-Pa.) said ahead of the 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 Leahy (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."