Senate poised to confirm Trump judicial nominee labeled 'not qualified'
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The Senate is poised to confirm a judicial pick rated "not qualified" by the American Bar Association (ABA). 

Senators voted 48-47 on Monday night to end debate on Leonard Steven Grasz's nomination to be a circuit judge for the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. 

The vote was held open for roughly an hour and a half as Republicans tried to round up missing members in order to lock down the simple majority needed to clear the procedural hurdle.

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Sen. John HoevenJohn Henry HoevenSenate GOP urges Trump administration to work closely with Congress on NAFTA GOP lawmakers want Trump to stop bashing Congress Chao names participants selected for drone pilot program MORE (R-N.D.) arrived just after 7 p.m. to give Republicans their 48th vote, avoiding a tie. 
 
The move sets up a final vote on Grasz's nomination as late as Wednesday morning, if Democrats drag out all the debate time. 

Grasz was the second of Trump's judicial nominees to receive a "not qualified" rating from the ABA. 

"As you know, the Standing Committee confines its evaluation to the qualities of integrity, professional competence, and judicial temperament," the outside group wrote to Sens. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyOvernight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — House passes 'right to try' drug bill | Trump moves to restrict abortion referrals House easily passes prison reform bill backed by Trump The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — How long can a Trump-DOJ accord survive? MORE (R-Iowa) and Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinSenate panel clears bill to bolster probes of foreign investment deals Poll: 8 in 10 people in key states concerned about driverless cars The anti-Trump deep state is running out of excuses for DOJ MORE (D-Calif.), the top members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. 
 
The Trump administration notified the ABA in March that it was ending its long-standing practice of inviting its independent Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary to review the professional qualifications of prospective nominees to the lower federal courts on a pre-nomination basis.
 
 
"This is indicative of what has become part of the Republican playbook, the playbook that Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpOn North Korea, give Trump some credit Exclusive: Bannon says Rosenstein could be fired 'very shortly' GOP dissidents on cusp of forcing immigration votes MORE specializes in and unfortunately my colleagues are joining right in. If you don't like the message, shoot the messenger," he added. 
 
The Senate's vote comes after Grasz was confirmed by the Judiciary Committee last week, despite Democratic objections that Republicans were rushing Trump's judicial nominees. 
 
But Republicans are expected to line up behind Grasz's nomination during a final confirmation vote later this week. 
 
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTeacher defeats Kentucky state House majority leader in GOP primary Conservatives leery of FBI deal on informant Lobbying world MORE (R-Ky.) praised him ahead of the procedural maneuver as a "talented individual with experience in both private practice and public service." 
 
Grasz, a senior counsel at a firm in Omaha, previously served as the chief deputy attorney general for the state of Nebraska.