Sen. Martin HeinrichMartin Trevor HeinrichThe Hill's 12:30 Report New Mexico Gov: GOP health care bill 'still needs some work' Dems ask FEC to create new rules in response to Russian Facebook ads MORE (D-N.M.) said Gonzales was “truly a stand-out nominee.”

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“Gonzales is an exceptional nominee with an impressive range of legal experience and expertise,” Sen. Tom UdallThomas (Tom) Stewart UdallOvernight Energy: Trump temporarily lifts shipping restrictions for Puerto Rico relief New Mexico Gov: GOP health care bill 'still needs some work' Dems ask FEC to create new rules in response to Russian Facebook ads MORE (D-N.M.) said ahead of the vote. “But he is more than just his resume, he is also an inspiring American story.”

Udall pointed out the Gonzales was the first in his family to graduate from college and served his country in the military.

Also Monday, Luis Restrepo was confirmed by voice-vote, to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyOvernight Regulation: Massachusetts AG sues Equifax | Trump weighs easing rules on gun exports | EPA nominee to fight worker safety rule in court Trump to ease rules on gun exports: report Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions MORE (D-Vt.) said Republicans have been calling for President Obama to send more judicial nominees to the committee for consideration, and yet now that Obama has sent some, GOPs are saying Obama is sending too many.

“I’ve heard some of my colleagues on the Republican side being very critical of the president for not sending judicial nominations to the Senate, even though when he has they’ve held up the nominations for more than a year,” Leahy said. “But now the president has sent nominees for multiple vacancies on the D.C. Circuit Court … so now they’re saying he’s sending up too many. … What my friends on the other side of the aisles are saying is you’re not sending up enough but you’re also sending too many.”

Ranking member Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyRepublicans jockey for position on immigration House clears bill to combat crimes against elderly Grassley: DACA deal wouldn't need border wall funding MORE (R-Iowa) pointed out that Republicans couldn’t be blamed for the fact that 52 of the 77 judicial vacancies don’t have nominees.