Ryan Bounds has been nominated by Trump for the important 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Both of Bounds’ senators from Oregon have refused to return “blue slip” approvals for his nomination. Against Senate tradition, Trump and Senators McConnell and Grassley are forging ahead as if Oregon’s senators don’t matter.
Bounds is a conservative and a leader in his local Federalist Society, with an undistinguished career as a prosecutor. Trump and McConnell want him to be a judge on this influential and liberal-leaning federal appeals court. His two Democratic Senators disapprove his nomination. His state’s bipartisan selection commission disapproves. We say No too.
Trump and the Republicans are forcing a federal judge on Oregon against the wishes of Oregon’s senators and the state’s bipartisan nominating commission. Without any experience as a judge nor any other distinction in his legal career, Bounds is underqualified for this important federal appeals court judgeship. We oppose Bounds’ nomination for these reasons. Please call your U.S. Senators to vote NO on Bounds’ nomination.
Remember, it takes 51 votes to delay or stop a nomination. Oregon activists need the votes of out-of-state Senators to help stop this nomination.
Hi, my name is [name] and I’m a constituent from [zip code]. I’m calling to ask the Senator to vote No on the nomination of Ryan Bounds for a lifetime judgeship on the federal appeals court. Bounds doesn’t have the approval of his two Senators or his state’s bipartisan selection committee, and he is underqualified for this important federal appeals court judgeship. Please vote against Bounds’ nomination.
Note: What is a “blue slip“? It is literally a blue piece of paper. When the president makes a nomination to federal court, the nominee’s Senators are sent blue slips. If the Senator approves the nomination, he/she returns the blue slip. If the Senator disapproves the nomination, he/she does nothing and the nomination proceeds no further. This was the custom most recently from 2007 to 2015, during much of the Obama era. The Democrats honored the blue slips from Republican senators and did not force unwanted federal judges on Republican states. Now that the Democrats are down, the Republicans are not doing the same for Democrats. No reciprocity, no respect. The Republicans are ignoring the Democrats’ objections to Trump’s judicial nominees for their states.
To find your senators, see https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members.
Additional Talking Points for Office Visits or E-mails here.
- Report on Ryan Bounds, The Vetting Room
- Sen Whitehouse (D-RI): Ending the “blue slip” tradition is dangerous, Video from Senate Nomination Hearing
- “A Hearing for Ryan Bounds Is the Wrong Thing to Do,” People For the American Way
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