The Senate approved Andrea Wood to be a U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois by voice-vote.

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“Ms. Wood has the quality, integrity and judgment to be an outstanding district court judge,” Senate Majority Whip Dick DurbinDick DurbinTop Trump officials push border wall as government shutdown looms Top Dem: Shutdown over border wall would be 'height of irresponsibility' Sunday shows preview: Trump stares down 100-day mark MORE (D-Ill.) said ahead of the vote.

The two votes came as lawmakers are working to reopen the government and increase the U.S. borrowing limit by the end of this week. Congressional leaders were expected to meet with President Obama on Monday to discuss a possible breakthrough.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahyLawmakers talk climate for Earth Day, Science March Poll: Sanders most popular senator in the US Senate Dems offer bill to restore internet privacy rules MORE (D-Vt.) said the shutdown was also harming the judicial branch.

“A handful of ideologues in the House of Representatives who are holding the entire judicial system hostage,” Leahy said. “The judicial system is supposed to be independent and not part of political games. … Our system of justice is facing great danger.”