The Senate confirmed several of President Obama’s judicial nominees and one executive nominee Wednesday.
The Senate voted 100-0 on the nomination of Christopher Reid Cooper to be a U.S. District Judge for D.C.
Confirmation of M. Douglas Harpool to be a U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Missouri was cleared on a 93-5 vote.
The Senate also voted to confirm the nominations of Gerald McHugh, Jr. and Edward Smith to be a U.S. District Judges for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania — McHugh received a 59-41 vote and Smith a 69-31 vote.
All of the votes against Smith were from Democrats and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPelosi says House members would not vote on spending bill topline higher than Senate's Groups push lawmakers to use defense bill to end support for Saudis in Yemen civil war Congress must address the looming debt crisis MORE (I-Vt.), most likely because of his views on abortion.
And Joseph Westphal was confirmed to be U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia by voice-vote.
The Senate considered these nominees while waiting for the House to pass a temporary fix to the Medicare sustainability growth rate (SGR), which is expected Thursday. If lawmakers don’t act by March 31, there will be a cut to the Medicare physician reimbursement rate. Medicare physicians will see a 24 percent cut to their payments on April 1.