The Senate Judiciary Committee divided on party lines over President Joe Biden’s nominee for the U.S. attorney for Massachusetts on Thursday, a rare partisan split on a U.S. attorney nomination that highlighted disagreements in approaches to the criminal justice system.

The vote for Rachael Rollins, currently the district attorney for Suffolk County, which includes the city of Boston, marked the first time in nearly 30 years that the judiciary committee called a roll vote for a U.S. attorney. Those nominations are typically approved by a unanimous voice vote, where senators do not individually state their preference. The committee ultimately deadlocked with an 11-11 vote along party lines.

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