Senate votes to confirm district judges for Illinois

“They have the experience, qualification and integrity to be excellent judges,” Sen. Dick DurbinDick DurbinSpending bill doesn't include Cruz internet fight Overnight Tech: GOP says internet fight isn't over | EU chief defends Apple tax ruling | Feds roll out self-driving car guidelines | Netflix's China worries Reid blasts Cruz over internet fight 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.”

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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 LeahyOvernight Finance: McConnell offers 'clean' funding bill | Dems pan proposal | Flint aid, internet measure not included | More heat for Wells Fargo | New concerns on investor visas Dem senator won't back spending bill without visa reforms Top GOP chairmen investigating foreign visa program 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.