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president george w. bush. the idea that the attorney general of the united states would not support this commonsense legislation to protect women from violence is unacceptable. as governor i have also fought to expand economic opportunity for women and families. we passed the new hampshire paycheck fairness act in new hampshire making sure that an equal day's work gets an equal day's pay. i also strongly support efforts to expand paid family leave to ensure that workers are able to support their families during times of need at home. and i'm troubled that senator sessions has worked to roll back the progress of equal pay. senator sessions voted against the lilly ledbetter fair pay act and has consistently voted against the paycheck fairness act. i am far from the only one in new hampshire who opposes the idea of senator sessions as our nation's top law enforcement officer. i've heard from many of my constituents regarding the impact of senator sessions' nomination on women's rights. as one constituent wrote and i quote -- i truly fear for the future of women's rights and my daughter's ri
work of that division was stifled, restricted in many ways during george w. bush's administration, but under president obama, the civil rights division has worked hard to apply the powerful way civil rights for all americans. in just the last few weeks of the obama administration, they won the first hate crime case involving a transgender victim. they sued two cities that were blocking mosques from opening. they settled lending discrimination charges with two banks and sued a third. they filed legal briefs on behalf of new york teenagers held in solitary confinement. they accused louisiana of forcing mentally ill patients into nursing homes. they were actively, aggressively fighting for the rights of all americans. but many wonder now under the new administration whether we will have a powerful civil rights division fighting for those that others would choose to exploit. senator sessions has down played the need for the justice department to prosecute crimes against women and members of the lgbtq community, saying i'm not sure women or people with different sexual orientations fac
before -- long before alabama became a red state. he stood up to george wallace's dynasty, stood up against hate as state attorney and state attorney general, he continued to fight for equal application of the law as well, not to mention a growing economy, a streamlined government, and a strong defense. and, of course, if anyone who knows him will tell you, senator sessions is a lawyer's lawyer. he's willing to hear the other side of an argument, he's willing to make the other side of the argument as well. he's also willing to be persuaded. he's walked across the aisle with the -- with senator kennedy. democrats have praised him as someone straightforward and fair and wonderful to work with. the politics of the moment may have changed, but the truth of the statements like these endures. deep down each of us knows these things remain just as true about senator sessions today as they did when our democratic colleagues praised him. fair in action, bound to the constitution, a defender of civil rights, this is the man we've come to know in the senate. it's the same man we can expect to
minneapolis. this was a story of two adults who had been in our state during 9/11 and during 9/11 george bush stood up and said this isn't about a religion, this is about evil people that did evil things, but it is not to indict a religion. the republican u.s. attorney at the time went around with me, the elected prosecutor, and met with the muslim population an assure them they were safe and told them to report hate
-- the independence that he used to demand of nominees. a former speech writer for president george w. bush recently wrote an article i whether someone would accept an invitation to serve in the trump administration given the real risk that there may be tremendous pressure doing the wrong thing. a thing to consider since the former bush speech writer. it says, how sure are you that you indeed would say no. if the trump administration were as convinced as you are that you would do the right thing, would he have asked you in the first place? in the case of the nominee before us, trump administration's clearinghouse for policy and philosophy as mr. bannon calls it, the answer to these questions is clear and troubling. that's why i'm going to be voting against this nominee. you know, it's ironic, mr. president, when considering the nomination of senator sessions, a position which he's going to be responsible for defending the fundamental rights and liberties of the american people, all of us, whether you're supporters during the last campaign of president trump or secretary hillary clin
since george h.w. bush administration that a physician has led this agency. our health care system is in a significant time of transformation. well before obamacare, there was a need to make changes that would give people more options in health insurance and to find a way to contain costs. we have even more work to do now as patients find themselves with fewer choices and higher costs. the new secretary's role will be a difficult one. in the last year, our health insurance markets have teetered into unstable ground, especially in the individual market. even with absolutely no change in the law, more and more people will lose access to health insurance coverage. it has been suggested that the republicans should just let the current system keep going for another year or so until the democrats would be begging us to make changes, but we're not going to do that. we're not going to have those people go through that kind of suffering, even though it's a risk to us. we aren't going to sit and wait for the system to crash. we will be working here in congress to repeal obamacare and reform our
that george bush or barack obama admitted to doing, when you create that felony crime, what happens is you come out of prison and you can't get a pell grant. you come out of prison and you can't get a job. you come out of prison and you can't get food stamps. you have door after door closed to you. and so these issues taken together are more than just about incarceration. it's about public safety. it's about empowering communities. it's about equal justice under the law. the most powerful law enforcement office in the land sets priorities and has to drive forward the ideals of our country. we are a nation that is great, not just because, as i said earlier in my remarks of our founding documents, which as thurgood marshall wrote took a civil war and amendments, took an expansive vision of who is included in that ideal of we, the people. but it's the spirit of america that has pushed forward where people in positions of power as well as grassroots folks embody that great american spirit. i want to read one of our great americans, a man named learned hand. learn hed hand wrote in a speech
george w. bush, and confirmed unanimously by the senate to pass judgment on trump's executive orders. you know, these are dangerous times. at times like this, it is more important than ever that the attorney general of the united states has the guts and the independence and the good moral judgment to stand up to the president when he seeks to violate the constitution and ignore the law. at his confirmation hearing last month, senator sessions claimed to be that person. i've got to say, i wish it were true. i really do. i wish the president's campaign had been different. i wish his actions now were different. i wish that we could give his nominees the benefit of the doubt, but i will not ignore the real world as unpleasant as it is. and neither can anyone in this senate. in the real world, senator sessions obviously isn't going to stand up to the president's campaign of bigotry. how could he? in the real world, senator sessions is one of the principal architects of that campaign. senator sessions made a special name for himself for being a particularly vitriolic opponent of commonsens
number eight. 21-8. you would have to go back to george washington to find a slower confirmation timeline for a new administration. it's just -- there's no good excuse for it, particularly in light of the fact that now under the reid precedent, that our colleagues across the aisle know that all of these nominees, particularly in the case of senator sessions, they will be confirmed. so just holding up the nomination just for delay alone makes no sense at all. well, some have said holding up senator sessions' nomination is somehow similar to the confirmation process for loretta lynch, but that really rings hollow on examination. let me remind them what happened when loretta lynch was nominated as attorney general. at the time our democratic friends were filibustering a bipartisan bill that later passed 99-0, they were filibustering a bipartisan antitrafficking bill for no good reason. that's my view. they maybe think they had a good reason. i think actually what it had to do with was the hyde amendment and the long-standing limitation on the use of taxpayer funds for abortion that
any other incoming president since george washington. since george washington. that's some pretty serious obstruction. 19 days into his term as president of the united states, president obama had 21 cabinet members confirmed. right now president trump has seven. so president obama had three times the numbers that we now have today. i believe most americans, certainly the americans i represent -- fair-minded alaskans who are desperate to get our country and economy working again -- don't like this kind of obstruction. they see a new president who should be allowed to move forward with his cabinet in place so the federal government can get to work on behalf of the american people. i think americans are also seeing the reputation of good people who want to serve their country tarnished for political purposes. mr. president, i hope that the members on the other side of the aisle understand that the american people are wise. they see through all this theater. we need to get to work. we need to let the trump administration get to work. this body has a responsibility to treat the confirm
the federal judge who dared rule against his policy. a federal judge who is appointed by george w. bush. president trump disparages the free press at every opportunity, any article or story that is critical of his policies is now dubbed fake news. members of the press are punished for coverage of the administration that he deems negative. he said he wants to weaken libel laws so it's easy for him to sue the press. president trump will continue his assault on the first amendment defining the press that holds him accountable as the enemy, deriding and belittling those who speak out against him, attacking the free expression of religion and targeting those who practice islam. and when he takes these actions, it's up to the attorney general of the united states to tell him he is wrong. that's where that awesome responsibility resides. it's up to the attorney general to speak truth to power and to be ready to be fired for doing so. but it's far from clear that senator sessions will be that independent voice within the department of justice the american public needs. "the washington pos
tenure in office with a 69% approval rate. president george w. bush talked about compassionate conservatism. after a terrorist attack killed nearly 3,000 people, president bush went to the islamic center in washington on september 17, 2001, and said -- and i quote -- "islam is peace. he said muslims are doctors, lawyers, law professors, members of the military, entrepreneurs, shopkeepers, moms and dads, and they need to be treated with respect. in our anger and emotion, our fellow americans must treat each other with respect." incidentally, president eisenhower dedicated the islamic center in 1957, and here's what he said then: "under the american constitution, under american tradition, and in american hearts, this center, this place of worship is just as welcome as could be a similar edifice of any other religion. indeed, america would fight with her whole strength for your right to have here your own church and worship according to your own conscience." now, mr. president, that was the man who led american and allied forces in europe against nazi germany, a regime of pure evi
in 1966, senator sessions -- i don't think he was senator at the time -- campaigned against george wallace's wife for governor. as a senator jeff sessions voted in favor of a 30-year extension of the civil rights act. he was one of only 17 republicans to support the first black attorney general eric holder. he speaker headed the effort to award the congressional gold medal to rosa parks, an alabama native and civil rights icon. he worked as cory booker, my good friend from new jersey said last night as i presided, that he and jeff sessions worked wonderfully well together in awarding the congressional gold medal to the foot soldiers of the civil rights movement in selma, alabama. and here's another part of the story that just hasn't seemed to break through the threshold of our national media on jeff sessions' support within the black community. i was very surprised as i started making phone calls to leaders in alabama who were black and democrats, what i started hearing about jeff sessions. i'll start off with an alabama native condoleezza rice who is not a democrat but who is an a
and during 9/11 george bush stood up and said this isn't about a religion, this is about evil people that did evil things, but it is not to indict a religion. the republican u.s. attorney at the time went around with me, the elected prosecutor, and met with the muslim population an assure them they were safe and told them to report hate crimes. this family were there then. nothing bad happened to them. no one called them a name. you fast forward to this summer, they are at a restaurant with their two little children and having dinner and a guy walks buy and says, you go home to where you came from. the little girl looked at her mom and said, you go home. -- she said, i don't want to go home and eat. i want to eat here. she didn't know what he was talking about. that home is the united states of america. so senator sessions is confirmed for this position, he is going to have an obligation to that little girl that was in that restaurant today and to all of the people in our country because this is the justice department of the united states of america and as a former prosecutor i know
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