This week's large batch of judicial confirmations includes the second openly lesbian woman to ever serve as a U.S. appeals court judge.
“It’s pretty sad if you ask me,” Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii said when asked about the West Virginia senator's outline of a $1.5 trillion reconciliation bill.
The West Virginia senator is at odds with members of his party over a critical piece of President Joe Biden's agenda in Congress.
House leaders announced their chamber will return from summer recess in two weeks to vote on the fiscal blueprint.
President Joe Biden has long opposed marijuana legalization.
The massive proposal would include an expansion of Medicare insurance -- including money for dental, vision and hearing.
Julien Xavier Neals, 56, will now be a lifetime judge on a U.S. district court.
“I wouldn’t presume to tell a Supreme Court justice to retire but he more than anyone knows the political reality,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal said.
Most of the changes to the bill are in response to complaints from rural jurisdictions about election administration reforms.
The Democratic majority was bigger in 2009 but also a lot more conservative.