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 MenendezConfirm Julien Neals for the district of New Jersey Puerto Rico task force asks for help in charting island's economic course Tim Kaine backs call to boost funding for Israeli missile defense 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 GrassleyProtecting generic pharma competition is necessary now Grassley: Trump will attack wind energy ‘over my dead body’ House oversight asks for private meeting with EpiPen maker 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 ReidReid says Dems may curb the filibuster Obama begins climate victory lap at Lake Tahoe White House sets up Puerto Rico oversight MORE (D-Nev.) said the Senate would likely be working on judicial and cabinet nominees through the week.