National Council of Jewish Women
1707 L Street NW, Suite 950
Washington, DC 20036-4206
Contact: Amanda Lang
Director of Marketing and Communications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 20, 2017, Washington, DC – The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) today denounced the US Senate’s confirmation of partisan extremist John K. Bush to the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit by a vote of 51-47. NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman released the following statement:
“Today, the US Senate voted to confirm John K. Bush to the US Court of Appeal for the Sixth Circuit, a judge who will undoubtedly ignore or deny the rights of Americans for decades to come. The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) has worked for more than two decades to promote a fair and balanced federal bench that upholds the rights of women, LGBTQ individuals, and beyond, and is outraged by the confirmation of an individual who represents nothing less than pure disdain for such rights.
“There is no question as to the type of judge that Bush will be. He has recorded his offensive, bigoted views in an inappropriate and inflammatory blog, and has no qualifications for a lifetime seat on the federal bench besides his friendship with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
“We appreciate the principled senators who opposed Bush’s nomination, and hope that the senators who voted to confirm Bush understand the grave dangers of their cold and miscalculated actions. Despite today’s setback, NCJW will continue to work for a fully staffed diverse and independent federal judiciary where vacancies are filled in a timely manner with judges who are committed to upholding constitutional values.”
The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. More information on Facebook and on Twitter at @NCJW.