Sen. Martin HeinrichMartin HeinrichNew legislation tells fourth graders to take a hike Dems push for more action on power grid cybersecurity The Memo: Five takeaways from Jeff Sessions’s testimony 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 UdallTom UdallFCC chair: Trump hasn't tried to intervene on Time Warner merger Overnight Finance: GOP divided over welfare cuts in budget | Lawmaker loses M on pharma stock he pitched | Yellen says another financial crisis unlikely in our lifetimes Overnight Regulation: EPA moves to repeal Obama water rule | Labor chief to review overtime rule | Record fine for Google 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 LeahySenate committee ignores Trump, House budgets in favor of 2017 funding levels Live coverage: Trump's FBI nominee questioned by senators AT&T, senators spar over customers' right to sue 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 GrassleyChuck GrassleyTrump Jr., Manafort reach deal to avoid public hearing next week Senate panel subpoenas co-founder of firm tied to controversial Trump dossier Trump Jr., Manafort still haven't agreed to testify before Senate panel 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.