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 HoevenOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Supreme Court declines to hear challenge to Obama marine monument designation | Interior reverses course on tribal ownership of portion of Missouri river | White House climate adviser meets with oil and gas companies Senate GOP pushes back on list of participants in oil and gas leasing forum Small cities fret over feds redefining metro areas 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 GrassleyChuck GrassleyNumber of migrants detained at southern border reaches 15-year high: reports Grassley, Cornyn push for Senate border hearing The Hill's Morning Report - GOP pounces on Biden's infrastructure plan MORE (R-Iowa) and Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinCaitlyn Jenner exploring bid for California governor: report WokeWorld comes for 'oppressor' Obama: Activists rip school being named after 'deporter in chief' Senators press for answers in Space Command move decision 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 TrumpGaetz was denied meeting with Trump: CNN Federal Reserve chair: Economy would have been 'so much worse' without COVID-19 relief bills Police in California city declare unlawful assembly amid 'white lives matter' protest 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. 
 
 
Grasz, a senior counsel at a firm in Omaha, previously served as the chief deputy attorney general for the state of Nebraska.