LATEST SENATOR HEITKAMP
U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today announced that she will vote against Senator Jeff Sessions who was nominated to serve as U.S. Attorney General.
“I respect Jeff Sessions as a colleague and for his distinguished service in the Senate. But the job of U.S. Attorney General, serving as the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, is about how a person will handle this massive responsibility,” said Heitkamp. “I have serious concerns about Senator Sessions’ opposition to landmark legislation in 2013 that protects victims of domestic violence, including protections I advocated for Native American women. He has pushed back against voting rights throughout his career. He has supported some of the most controversial provisions of the Patriot Act that create serious privacy issues for American citizens – and in some cases he did not even believe the law went far enough. Finally, as Attorney General, Senator Sessions will serve as the people’s lawyer, not the president’s lawyer. But I’m worried he will not be an independent voice from the president as the job requires, and will instead defend all pieces of the president’s agenda without question – whether constitutional or not.”
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