Leaving the court seat vacant would be "shameful," the Democratic leader said.
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The senators suggested the program is being used to speed up refugee vetting.
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In a letter, the senators called the rules "inconsistent with American values."
Republicans had been blocking the State Department nominees on behalf of Cruz.
The Senate will take a procedural vote on Feb. 22.
Sen. Mike Lee objected on behalf of Rubio, who was in South Carolina.
The legislation was stalled over a fight on an Internet tax ban.
Defense hawks are calling for extra funding.
Sanders had expressed concern about North Korea during last week's debate.
Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) said he will try to bolster funding in the appropriations process.