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February 08, 2017 09:18 AM UTC

Attempted Shutdown of Sen. Warren May Soon Backfire on GOP

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  • by: Colorado Pols

As the Washington Post reports:

Mitch McConnell defended his decision to have the Senate formally vote to block Elizabeth Warren from speaking about the nomination of Jeff Sessions to be attorney general. “She was warned,” he said. “She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”

The majority leader said the firebrand from Massachusetts broke the chamber’s rules by reading past statements about Sessions from Coretta Scott King and Ted Kennedy. “The senator has impugned the motives and conduct of our colleague from Alabama,” McConnell said, setting up a series of exceptionally rare roll-call votes to silence Warren until Sessions is confirmed…

…The brouhaha will be especially resonant because it touches race and gender, two of the most volatile fault lines in American life. During Black History Month, McConnell specifically cited portions of a letter that the widow of Martin Luther King Jr. wrote to the Senate Judiciary Committee in opposition to Sessions’s 1986 nomination to be a federal judge as a justification for the votes to rebuke Warren. “Mr. Sessions has used the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens,” King wrote three decades ago, referencing prosecutions he oversaw as the U.S. attorney for Alabama.

If you haven’t had a chance to read it, here is the letter from Coretta Scott King in opposition to Jeff Sessions when the Alabama Senator was trying to secure a federal judgeship.

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One thought on “Attempted Shutdown of Sen. Warren May Soon Backfire on GOP

  1. Republicans, pushing people into civic education one insult at a time.

    Stat I saw this morning said more than 6 million viewings of Sen. Warren's Facebook Live reading of the letter.

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