Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has refocused the Senate on confirming judicial nominees as talks about a fifth coronavirus stimulus package have stalled.
"Republican Senators, like working families across the country, had hoped the Senate would be spending this week completing more bipartisan pandemic relief," McConnell said, speaking from the Senate floor.
As The Hill reported Thursday, court picks are a top priority for McConnell, who sees them as the best way for the Republican Party to have a long-term impact on the direction of the country.
Senate Republicans' effort to pass their own $1 trillion "skinny" bill failed last week.
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters on Thursday that it was "hard to see" her liberal colleagues agreeing to a price tag below $2.2 trillion.