Committee delays vote on Sessions’ appointment

Published 1:19 am Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday delayed its vote on Sen. Jeff Sessions’ appointment to U.S. Attorney General for another week.

President Donald Trump nominated Sessions to the post. The committee was expected to vote Tuesday, but a rule allows senators to delay the vote. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) requested the delay.

The Judiciary Committee’s approval is the first step before a candidate for AG is considered by the full senate.

Sessions is expected to receive the nomination, for which he needs 50 votes on the floor. Republicans currently hold 52 seats.

Meanwhile, a Republican non-profit group has been running national television advertising encouraging people to support Sessions, while people in Tuscaloosa on Tuesday protested his nomination.

The 45Committee, a GOP non-profit that ran negative ads against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton last year, is spending $750,000 on a pro-Sessions television and digital advertising campaign, USA Today reported. Later this week, the group will place ads in support of Health and Human Services nominee Tom Price, a U.S. Congressman from Georgia.

The 45Committee is part of the political network aligned with TD Ameritrade founder J. Joe Ricketts and other GOP operatives. The group initially campaigned against Trump, but supported him in the General Election.

In Tuscaloosa, the Human Rights Campaign, the NAACP and the local chapter of the SPLC rallied against Sessions’ nomination Tuesday. The activists say Session has a history of voting against civil rights legislation. In contrast, ads placed by the 45 Committee promote Sessions as a candidate with a history of pro-civil rights voting.