Wednesday, July 19th - Ask Senators Durbin and Duckworth to vote against Judge John K. Bush

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  • Action: Block lifetime appointment of John K Bush to US Court of Appeals

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Action: Block lifetime appointment of John K Bush to US Court of Appeals

This action written by Martin Cuellar

McConnell has moved for the final vote to confirm John K. Bush. This vote is expected as early as Wednesday.

The Civil and Human Rights Coalition urges the Senate to reject Bush, as "John K. Bush is unworthy of a lifetime appointment as a federal judge. His extreme ideology and record show a hostility to women and LGBT people, campaign finance reform, and Democrats. Federal judges should be able to rule with impartiality and fairness, which are two qualities it's clear Bush lacks. We urge the Senate to reject this nominee."

Senator Durbin

Washington DC: (202) 224-2152

Chicago: (312) 353-4952

Senator Duckworth

Washington DC: (202) 224-2854

Chicago: (312) 886-3506

Script: Hi, my name is _________ and I’m a constituent from Chicago. I'd like to leave a message for the Senator.

I’m calling today because I’m highly concerned about the appointment of John K. Bush to the US Court of Appeals. Bush has extreme ideology and I am concerned about the quality of his decisions. I ask that the Senator(s) vote against his appointment.

Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.

Why Today's Action is Important

John K. Bush has zero experience as a judge. He is a commercial litigator and the president of a chapter of The Federalist Society, a group of conservatives and libertarians that promotes “originalism” - the view that the words of the Constitution should be interpreted as intended or understood by the authors. This interpretation results in deeply conservative interpretations of a broad range of issues. For example, from this perspective, Bush criticizes a Supreme Court ruling (NYT vs Sullivan) that protects freedom of the press from libel accusations. This willingness to suppress and punish freedom of the press is especially alarming in the context of Trump’s statement last year: “I’m going to open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money.”

In addition to signaling a willingness to shield Trump from media scrutiny, Bush has made a number of deeply concerning statements and actions. He opposes public financing of political campaigns, the Affordable Care Act, and said abortion was one of the “two greatest tragedies in our country” (slavery being the other). He also wrote after the 2016 Republican National Convention that “the Democrats are trying to win with the same game plan as in 2008, only substitute woman for Black”.

The Senate will ultimately decide on Bush’s appointment, and Senators needs to hear from their constituents about their opposition to this highly problematic candidate.