Warren rips McConnell for blocking judges
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocrats call on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans Biden stiff arms progressives on the Postal Service Trump by the numbers: 2024 isn't simple MORE (D-Mass.) ripped into Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThese Senate seats are up for election in 2022 WATCH: The Hill recaps the top stories of the week Effort to overhaul archaic election law wins new momentum MORE (R-Ky.) after he blocked the Senate from confirming judicial nominees, saying he was holding them as "political hostages." 

"[McConnell] forces his will on everyone else. This is not how the Senate is supposed to work," Warren said from the Senate floor. "The Senate's job is to provide advice and consent on the president's judicial nominees. There is no asterisk that says only when the majority leader has an embarrassing political problem." 
 
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Warren's comments come after she tried to get unanimous consent — which requires the agreement of every senator — to confirm 15 judicial nominations, but McConnell objected. 
 
The Senate Republican leader noted that President Obama has gotten more judges confirmed at this point in his tenure than President George W. Bush had at the same point. 
 
"We've continued to process judicial nominations. We've done so even when a majority of the Republican conference did not support the nominee," he added. "And we'll continue to process his judicial nominations, but the minority is not going to dictate ... when and how we will do so." 
 
Warren said she had planned to try to confirm the judges on Monday but was offered a deal by Republicans. Theys said that if she held off, they would agree to confirm two judicial nominations to the Court of International Trade. 
 
The Massachusetts Democrat tied the offer — which she accepted — to the political fallout from Donald TrumpDonald TrumpJudge rules Alaska governor unlawfully fired lawyer who criticized Trump Giuliani led fake electors plot: CNN Giuliani associate sentenced to a year in prison in campaign finance case MORE's comments that U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel has "an absolute conflict" of interest in presiding over Trump University lawsuits because of his "Mexican heritage." 
 
"I guess the majority leader was taking a lot of heat about judges and Donald Trump's racist statements about them and didn't want to draw any more attention to the Republicans' unprecedented blockade of judicial nominations," she said. 
 
McConnell, however, argued that Republicans wanted to confirm the two judges before a weeklong Memorial Day recess, but Democrats held up the nominations. 
 
Warren also tried to confirm nine judicial nominations, then four nominations, and then one nominee, but was blocked by McConnell and, separately, Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchMeet Washington's most ineffective senator: Joe Manchin Lobbying world Congress, stop holding 'Dreamers' hostage MORE (R-Utah). 
 
Hatch pledged to look into the judicial nominations but said Democrats have previously held up nominees at the end of a Republican administration. 
 
"This happens every time at the end," he added. "It's nice to raise these fusses around here, and I don't blame the distinguished senator from Massachusetts because she's doing her job."