The Senate is expected to vote at noon Wednesday to confirm Adalberto Jose Jordan, a Miami federal judge who was confirmed unanimously last year by the Senate Judiciary committee and who has the support of Florida Sens. Bill Nelson, a Democrat, and Marco Rubio, a Republican.
The U.S. Senate voted 89-5 late Monday to move forward with a vote -- it would have happened sooner but got caught up in Republican objections to President Barack Obama's appointment process.
White House spokesman Jay Carney singled out some Republicans in the Senate on Tuesday for holding up the confirmation of a judicial nominee with bipartisan support. Although there's a rule requiring 30 hours between a so-called clouture vote and a final vote, it's often waived. But Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., objected to the final vote, forcing the confirmation vote to Wednesday and holding up several other pieces of legislation.
"Jordan is a current, well-respected District Court judge, supported by Senators Nelson and Rubio, and he was reported unanimously out by the Judiciary Committee months ago," Carney said. "And he will now be the first Cuban-American on the 11th Circuit."
"Now, the reason why I raise this, even though Mr. Jordan will be confirmed, is that it is so indicative of a breakdown in the system when a nominee as highly qualified as he is, with bipartisan support as he has, who's reported out of committee unanimously, still faces filibusters," Carney said. "And you have to ask yourself why that is. It's just simply delay tactics, and they're shameful."