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John K. Bush

Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals
Confirmed July 20, 2017

President Trump nominated John K. Bush to a Kentucky-based seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

[VIDEO] Senate Judiciary, Nominations hearing, June 14, 2017

Judiciary Committee 11-9 vote (July 13, 2017)

Post-hearing written answers to Senators; John K. Bush Responses to Questions for the Record

Confirmed 51-to-47 July 20, 2017

Previously, President Obama nominated Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Lisabeth Tabor Hughes to a Kentucky-based seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on March 17, 2016.

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) blocked a hearing on Justice Hughes' Circuit Court nomination by refusing to submit the blue slips that are required from each home-state Senator, and the nomination was returned to the President.

Senator Feinstein, Judiciary Committee Ranking Member: Setting the record straight on judicial nominees and blue slip
(Democrat - California09/25/17 
Editorial memo on history of the blue slip and consultation with home-state Senators on judicial nominees

10 Things You Need To Know About Blue Slips: Republicans repeatedly used the tradition to block President Obama’s judicial nominees. (Huffington Post, 09/13/17) Christopher Kang, Former Deputy Counsel to President Obama

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