Monday, October 3, 2022

CBC sees Sessions selection as Attorney General as a potential setback for progress

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chairman G. K. Butterfield (D-NC) released the following statement regarding the selection of Alabama junior Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General:

“We face an alarming choice in the selection of Senator Jeff Sessions to serve as the chief law enforcer for the United States of America,” said CBC Chairman G. K. Butterfield. “Senator Sessions’ civil rights record is appalling and should disqualify him from Senate confirmation.

“Senator Sessions has continuously obstructed the progress that we’ve made since the historic Civil Rights legislation of the 1960s. Senator Sessions has blocked legislative efforts to ensure racial equality in minority communities, including his opposition to President Obama’s judicial nominations and full enforcement of the Voting Rights Act.

“Having previously been denied a nomination by members of the U.S. Senate over concerns about his views of African Americans, Senator Jeff Sessions will very likely face an uphill battle in being confirmed as the next Attorney General of the United States.

“The Attorney General must run the Department of Justice with a total commitment to the rule of law and must guarantee minority citizens their fundamental constitutional rights.  The Congressional Black Caucus stands ready to oppose Senator Sessions’ confirmation as we adamantly believe his appointment will set us back in the advancement of civil rights and race relations across the country.”

 

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