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Majority Leader Schumer Floor Remarks On The Senate Continuing To Confirm Historic Nominations To The Federal Bench

Washington, D.C. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor on this Senate continuing to confirm President Biden’s historic nominations to the federal bench. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:

It’s been a busy week for nominations here on the floor. This morning, the Senate will confirm Nusrat Choudhury, who I was proud to recommend to President Biden, to serve as a District Judge for New York’s Eastern District

When President Biden listened to my recommendation and nominated Ms. Choudhury, she made history as the first Bangladeshi American ever to be nominated to the federal bench.

And today, Ms. Choudhury will make history as the first Bangladeshi-American ever confirmed to the federal bench.

Ms. Choudhury will also be the first Muslim American woman – and only the second Muslim American ever – to serve as a federal judge. So, she is a history-maker in more ways than one.

Ms. Choudhury is also a shining example of the American Dream. The daughter of immigrant parents, a graduate of Columbia, Princeton, and Yale Law School, Ms. Choudhury has dedicated her career to making sure all people can have their voices heard in court.

So, it’s a great day for our country. Our courts are at their strongest when they mirror the diversity and dynamism of our democracy, and we have a vibrant Bangladeshi community in New York and in the United States. I am confident Ms. Choudhury will make an excellent judge.

And yesterday, the Senate also confirmed another excellent judge, Dale Ho – who I was proud to recommend – to be District Judge for the Southern District of New York.

As voting rights continue to come under attack, it’s only fitting that we elevated one of the country’s top voting rights experts to the bench, to safeguard our democracy and preserve our most fundamental right as citizens.

With Mr. Ho and Ms. Choudhury, we will have confirmed twenty one Asian Americans to the bench.

Let me say that again: with these two nominations, we will have confirmed twenty one Asian Americans to the bench – a demographic that has been historically underrepresented in the judiciary.

I am proud of this majority’s record of increasing both the demographic and professional diversity on the bench. This is how we strengthen the public’s trust in our judiciary. And our work will continue.