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On November 13, 2018 President Trump nominated Joseph F. Bianco to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals for the seat held by Judge Reena Raggi, who took senior status in August 2018. The Senate did not act on Bianco’s nomination before the end of the Congress, and on January 3, 2019, his nomination was returned to the President. On January 23, 2019, President Trump renominated Bianco.

As of this writing, both home-state senators oppose Bianco’s nomination. Consistent with Senate practice for nearly a century, the Judiciary Committee should not proceed with a hearing.