“Mr. Phillips has all the characteristics necessary to serve as an appellate judge,” Sen. Mike EnziMichael (Mike) Bradley EnziA failure to protect students and taxpayers Corker: Why can the Pentagon 'turn entire countries into craters' but not audit itself? Sales tax battle moves to the Supreme Court MORE (R-Wyo.) said ahead of the vote. “He’s regarded as a talented and respected attorney.”

Enzi pointed out that Republican Gov. Matt Mead (Wyo.) appointed Phillips as Wyoming’s state attorney general, showing he has bipartisan support in the Senate and in his home state.

“Phillips will be an outstanding judge,” Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoSenators target 'gag clauses' that hide potential savings on prescriptions USPTO needs to be forced to do its job and reject bad patents Senate Dems propose tax cut rollback to pay for infrastructure MORE (R-Wyo.) added.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyGraham calls for Senate Judiciary hearing on McCabe firing McCabe firing roils Washington Judiciary Dem calls for hearing on Trump's FBI attacks MORE (D-Vt.) said judicial nominees shouldn’t be about “partisan tit-for-tat” and said he hopes the Senate will confirm several other Obama nominees later this week.

If Republicans continue to block Obama's cabinet nominees, some Democrats have pushed for the "nuclear option" — changing the rules on a simple-majority vote — but it is unclear if it will come to that.