Senate votes to confirm an Obama judicial nominee

“Mr. Phillips has all the characteristics necessary to serve as an appellate judge,” Sen. Mike EnziMike EnziGOP blocks slate of Obama judicial nominees Overnight Finance: New rules proposed to curb Wall Street pay GOP senator tries to tie 'No budget, no pay' to funding bill MORE (R-Wyo.) said ahead of the vote. “He’s regarded as a talented and respected attorney.”

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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 BarrassoObamaCare premiums expected to rise sharply amid insurer losses Palestine is latest GOP offensive in climate change wars Senate GOP sticks with leadership team MORE (R-Wyo.) added.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahySenate pressured to take up email privacy bill after overwhelming House vote House unanimously passes email privacy bill This week: Congress on track to miss Puerto Rico deadline 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.

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