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Majority Leader Schumer Floor Remarks On Continuing Work To Confirm President Biden’s Judicial Nominees

Washington, D.C.   Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the nomination of Nicole Berner, nominated by President Biden to serve as Circuit Court judge for the 4th Circuit. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:

Today, the Senate will confirm another exceptional judge to the federal bench: Nicole Berner to serve as a Circuit Court judge for the 4th Circuit.

Ms. Berner is an accomplished labor lawyer with over 17 years of experience fighting for working people as general counsel at the SEIU, one of the largest unions in the country. Once confirmed, Ms. Berner would also make history as the first openly LGBTQ person to serve on the Fourth Circuit.

Ms. Berner will bring much-needed professional diversity to the courts and personal diversity to assure every American they have representation in our judiciary.

After Ms. Berner’s confirmation, this Senate Democratic Majority will have confirmed over 180 – over 180 – qualified, diverse judges to the federal bench. These are judges outside the status quo – people of color, women, judges with diverse professional backgrounds – who are making the courts better reflect the people they serve.

In fact, last week, I’m proud that the Senate confirmed the 100th Black woman to serve lifetime in a federal judgeship in the history of the United States.

Senate Democrats will continue working with President Biden to confirm more judges and bring more balance to the courts in the months ahead.