Sen. Sasse: Buescher Should Pass 100-0 in Nomination Vote

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee who has pushed Brian Buescher’s nomination process in the Senate, released the following statement after it was announced that Mr. Buescher’s nomination would be voted on by the full Senate. Mr. Buescher was nominated by President Trump to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Nebraska.

“This has been a long process and we’ve had to fight everything from political smears to outright anti-Catholic bigotry,” said Sasse. “But we’re almost to the finish line, and Brian is going to get an up or down vote in the Senate. Frankly, he ought to pass 100-0 because he’s more than qualified for the job. For months, I’ve worked with the Trump Administration and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to make sure that Brian gets confirmed. Confirming good judges is one of the most important jobs the Senate has — and I’m proud of our work to get Brian on the court.”

Background on Religious Test Controversy:

In January, after Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats attacked Mr. Buescher for his membership in the Knights of Columbus, the world’s largest fraternal Catholic service organization, Senator Sasse went to the Senate floor to defend Mr. Buescher. Sasse ultimately led a Senate resolution to reaffirm religious liberty and condemn religious tests for federal officials. The Senate unanimously adopted the resolution.

Opposition to Buescher’s Nomination

Opponents to Buescher’s nomination to the District court have referenced more potential bias than just Buescher’s membership in the Catholic Church. In a 2014 questionnaire filled out during Buescher’s campaign for NE Attorney General, he stated, “I believe marriage is a union between a man and a woman. I do not believe homosexuality should [have the same protections under the law] the same way race or ethnicity is considered with regard to anti-discrimination law.”[1]  Buescher said, in a campaign video, that the government “should act” according to these, his personal beliefs. [2]

Buescher has also been accused of being hostile toward reproductive freedom. In another 2014 questionnaire, this one from the anti-choice organization Nebraska Right to Life, Buescher stated he believes abortion should be illegal in all instances, except to prevent the death of the mother. He provided no exception for cases of forced conception by rape or incest.[3]  Buescher answered “Yes” to the question of whether or not legal Roe v. Wade protections, including birth control pill access, should be completely overturned. Buescher said, “When regulating abortion, my view is this, we should regulate abortion as much as we possibly can. I’m in favor of banning abortion.” [6]