“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 MenendezThe right person for State Department is Rudy Giuliani Warren, Menendez question shakeup at Wells Fargo Democrats press Wells Fargo CEO for more answers on scandal 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.”
“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 ReidSenate holds two-hour Biden lovefest Dem senator threatens to slow-walk spending bill The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (D-Nev.) said the Senate would likely be working on judicial and cabinet nominees through the week.