Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement on Senate Judiciary Republicans voting to advance the nominations of Michael Park and Joseph Bianco for the Second Circuit:
“Another day, another partisan push by Senate Republicans for hard-right nominees to get lifetime appointments on the federal bench. One day after Senate Republicans elevated to the Sixth Circuit an attorney who proclaimed pre-existing condition protections are unconstitutional, Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans voted to advance the nominations of Michael Park and Joseph Bianco for the Second Circuit, despite objections from Senator Gillibrand and me. Mr. Park has spent much of his career working in opposition to civil rights and seeking to advance the far-right agenda. He has been on the front lines of efforts to dismantle affirmative action policies in education, strike down our health care law, and is currently defending the Trump administration's effort to insert a citizenship question into the 2020 census. I will be strongly opposing these nominations when they come to the Senate floor."