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U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee who ushered 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. Today, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed cloture on Mr. Buescher's nomination.

"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.

Background on Buescher:

As the first Nebraskan to serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee since the 1970s, Sasse chaired Mr. Buescher's nomination hearing.

Senators Sasse and Fischer recommended Mr. Buescher's nomination to the President last year.

Mr. Buescher is a Nebraska native. He graduated from Sandy Creek High School, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Georgetown University. He has spent his entire legal career practicing in Nebraska - accruing a broad range of experience from representing Nebraska farmers to protecting victims of domestic violence - and currently leads the agriculture litigation team for Kutak Rock LLP, where he works in the firm's Omaha office. Brian is married and the proud father of five children.

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