Wednesday, February 8, 2017

GOP shuts Warren out of Sessions debate

Via Billy

Senate Republicans late Tuesday voted to block Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., from engaging in any more debate over President Trump's attorney general nomination, after deciding that Warren impugned the motives and conduct of the nominee, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.

The rare move came after Warren sparked a floor fight by reading harsh critiques of Sessions from 30 years ago, when he was trying to secure confirmation as a federal judge.

Sessions is expected to be confirmed Wednesday, and Warren was one of several Democrats arguing against his nomination. Tuesday evening, Warren started reading a 1986 letter from Coretta Scott King on the floor.

That letter was a response to President Reagan's nomination of Sessions as a federal judge. Warren read several passages in which King accused Sessions of working against the intent of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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