Senate votes to confirm Shwartz's judicial nomination

“I’ve always taken the role of advice and consent for judicial nominees very seriously. … In the end we always look to confirm the best and most qualified individuals,” Sen. Bob MenendezRobert MenendezSenate confirms Obama's long-stalled ambassador to Mexico Democrats block energy spending bill over Iran amendment Senate close to voting on Mexico ambassador MORE (D-N.J.) said ahead of the vote. “Having spent time meeting with Judge Shwartz, I am convinced that she has the high character to serve as a circuit court judge.”

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Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyJudiciary Dems seek hearing on voting rights Reid: Judiciary a 'rubber stamp' for Trump-McConnell Overnight Defense: House panel approves 0B defense bill MORE (R-Iowa) pointed out that Shwartz was the tenth judicial nomination the Senate has considered in the 113th Congress. Grassley said that complaints from President Obama’s administration that the Senate is “arbitrarily delaying” nominees “ignores the facts” since in 2005 at this same point, President George W. Bush hadn’t received even one judicial confirmation.

“So I say to the White House quit complaining or get the nominees up here,” Grassley said, suggesting that the administration nominate more judges to deal with the judicial emergency in some states.

Grassley said he wasn’t going to support Shwartz’s nomination “because of her lack of candor at her hearing.”

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On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidFreedom Partners Action Fund launches ad buys in Wisconsin, Nevada Trump: 'I'd have to think about' Cruz for Supreme Court Reid: Judiciary a 'rubber stamp' for Trump-McConnell MORE (D-Nev.) said the Senate would likely be working on judicial and cabinet nominees through the week.

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