“They have the experience, qualification and integrity to be excellent judges,” Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinGOP leaders to Trump: Leave Mueller alone Water has experienced a decade of bipartisan success Trump vows tougher borders to fight opioid epidemic MORE (D-Ill.) said ahead of the vote. “I’m hopeful my colleagues will join me in voting for these two nominees that have bipartisan support.”

Lawmakers are still at an impasse on how to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government, which has been shutdown for a week.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyMcCabe oversaw criminal probe into Sessions over testimony on Russian contacts: report Graham calls for Senate Judiciary hearing on McCabe firing McCabe firing roils Washington MORE (D-Vt.) said all the House has to do to reopen the government is take up the Senate-passed “clean” CR. He has repeatedly pointed out on the Senate floor that the government shutdown harms the federal judicial process.

“We find ourselves in a stalemate on providing money to keep the government funding,” Leahy said. “It’s unconscionable.”

It's unclear where the fight will go from here, with both sides digging in for the first government shutdown since 1996.