U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin
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U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Announces She Will Oppose Senator Jeff Sessions’ Nomination for U.S. Attorney General

"After meeting with Senator Sessions, I cannot support his confirmation to be our next Attorney General"

By - Jan 13th, 2017 01:47 pm
Jeff Sessions. Photo from the U.S. federal government.

Jeff Sessions. Photo from the U.S. federal government.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today released the following statement announcing she will oppose President-elect Trump’s nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions for United States Attorney General:

“America has made great progress over the last eight years with an Administration that has taken seriously a shared responsibility to pass on to the next generation a country that is more equal, not less equal.

“Every American citizen deserves a government that is as good as they are and they are right to demand that our Attorney General, and our Department of Justice, are committed to the principle that racism, discrimination, and hate-based crimes will not be tolerated in America. All Americans also deserve a strong commitment from our Attorney General, America’s top law enforcement official, to act on violence borne out of hatred based on race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic. It’s also very important to me that we have an Attorney General who will be a strong supporter of constitutional rights. At a time when voting rights and the constitutional right of women to make their own, personal reproductive health care decisions are under attack across our country, we need an Attorney General who will stay true to these constitutional freedoms and not be driven by politics.

“For me, the vote on Senator Jeff Sessions’ confirmation to be our next United States Attorney General is a moral choice guided by my strong belief that all Americans deserve equal opportunity and the freedom to pursue their hopes and dreams. That is the promise of America and I have committed myself and my life’s work to make sure we keep it. After meeting with Senator Sessions, I cannot support his confirmation to be our next Attorney General because I don’t have faith that he shares these beliefs and that he will embrace these commitments, and our shared responsibility to move our nation forward for all Americans.”

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3 thoughts on “U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Announces She Will Oppose Senator Jeff Sessions’ Nomination for U.S. Attorney General”

  1. Mark Liccione says:

    who really cares…..Trump won and as Pres Obama declared in 2009……”elections have consequences” Embrace it..

  2. Kate Moran says:

    Thank you, Tammy, for doing the right thing. We appreciate your speaking the truth.

  3. Thomas says:

    Yes, Kate, Tammy deserves thanks for doing the right by opposing the small minded Jeff Sessions nomination for AG. I recall the Senator[s strident objections to the General Motors bailout early in the Obama years. His major point was that Asian car makers were making cars cheaper in our southern states than U.S. manufacturers were making them in the upper Midwest. Sessions is too myopic to be considered for a national position as important as that of Attorney General.

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