Congresswoman Robin Kelly’s Statement on Senator Jeff Sessions’ Confirmation Hearing
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Robin Kelly released this statement concerning Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and his confirmation hearing to serve as our nation’s top civil rights protection officer:
“Like millions of Americans, I was deeply troubled by the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions to serve as our nation’s next Attorney General.
Throughout his public career, Senator Sessions has actively and aggressively opposed voting rights, civil rights, LGBT rights, religious freedom and women’s right. Time and time again, he has voted against laws that would protect our nation’s most vulnerable and supported unjust laws overturned by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional.
In 1986, a conservative, Republican-controlled Senate rejected Sen. Sessions’ nomination to the federal bench. He was not rejected because the clock ran out or because the committee’s docket was too extensive. He was rejected because of racist comments and discriminatory actions.
Looking at his voting record and public statements, nothing has changed.
If you’re too racist in 1986 to serve on the federal bench, there is no way you should be Attorney General in 2017.
We simply cannot entrust the protection of our most basic rights to someone who has spent their career trying to turn the clock back.”