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 DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill 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 Joseph LeahyOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill Live coverage: Sanders rolls out single-payer bill 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.”