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 senators avoid Trump questions on rigged election Report: Feds spend billions on PR Restive GOP freshmen eye entitlement reform 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 BarrassoGOP senators avoid Trump questions on rigged election Black ties and french fries mingle at DC's Meridian Ball GOP seeks to block ObamaCare settlements with insurers MORE (R-Wyo.) added.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahyDemocrats pounce on Cruz's Supreme Court comments Key GOP chairman calls for 'robust review' of AT&T-Time Warner deal Dem asks for 'highest level of scrutiny' on AT&T-Time Warner deal 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.