Majority Leader Schumer Floor Remarks On Moving To Confirm Judge Florence Pan To Serve On The D.C. Circuit

September 20, 2022

Washington, D.C.   Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor on Senate Democrats continuing to confirm President Biden’s judicial nominees, including Judge Florence Pan to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks:

Today the Senate will vote to confirm our sixth circuit court judge in the month of September: Judge Florence Pan, to sit on the all-important D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

If confirmed, Judge Pan will make history as the first Taiwanese American ever to serve on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, joining in the proud company of so many other Biden nominees who’ve expanded the diversity and experience of the federal bench.

As we all know, the D.C. Circuit Court is the second most important federal court in the country, after the Supreme Court. Before this court come disputes that involve Congress and much of the federal government, so many of its decisions involve constitutional or administrative law. It goes without saying that nominees to this court must be individuals of the highest caliber: they need to be experienced, balanced, and above all committed to the rule of law.

That’s exactly what we have in Judge Pan. She has had over a decade of experience as a judge in the District of Columbia and has seen practically every legal dispute under the sun. She’s already well known to this chamber, having been confirmed as a district judge with 68 votes.

She should be similarly confirmed with bipartisan support.

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