Cornyn Highlights Bipartisan Praise for Sessions


In: All News   Posted 01/09/2017
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‘As United States Attorney he fought to secure the rights of African-Americans to vote and successfully advocated to uphold the death penalty sentence of a Ku Klux Klan member and murderer Henry Hayes.’

‘The new incoming Democratic Leader Senator Schumer, a Democrat of New York, back in 2002 called Jeff Sessions ‘straightforward and fair.’ And then Senator Durbin, the Democratic Whip, in June 2010, working with him to eliminate this disparity between crack cocaine and powder cocaine, called Jeff Sessions a ‘man of his word.’’

‘I hope [Democrats] will assist us in a fair and swift confirmation process for a truly honorable and deserving candidate for Attorney General.’

WASHINGTON – Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed the hearing schedule and the nomination of U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video of his remarks can be found here

“What we are trying to do is simply stick to the same standard set under President Obama. So my response to our friends across the aisle is to listen to the Junior Senator from Connecticut, who told a reporter, ‘I can figure out how to walk across the hall and attend two hearings occurring simultaneously.’” 

“As I said, we're going to have the Judiciary Committee starting tomorrow on the President-elect's nominee as Attorney General.”

“Jeff Sessions was an Eagle Scout from Hybert, Alabama and later served in the Army Reserves. After college he taught at Goode Street Elementary School in Montgomery, Alabama.” 

“As United States Attorney he fought to secure the rights of African-Americans to vote, and successfully advocated to uphold the death penalty sentence of a Ku Klux Klan member and murderer Henry Hayes.” 

“He's a hard worker and a person who makes his decisions based on what he thinks is the right thing to do and based on his own integrity. I know many of us can attest to this, including my colleagues on the other side of the aisle.” 

“Jeff Sessions and Teddy Kennedy worked together to help fight sexual assault in prison in a way that was both proactive and pragmatic.” 

“Then there's the work that Senator Sessions has done with… two of this Chamber's more liberal members, to address sentencing disparities between crack cocaine and powder cocaine.” 

“Senator Sessions saw the harsh penalties many young African-American men experienced for possession of crack compared to the lighter punishments given to suspects found with powder cocaine, who as a group tended to be more white or Hispanic. To me this is a sort of thing that offends the most basic sensibilities of Jeff Sessions, somebody who believes unequivocally in color-blind justice and equal justice under the law.”

“The new incoming Democratic Leader Senator Schumer, a Democrat of New York, back in 2002 called Jeff Sessions ‘straightforward and fair.’ And then Senator Durbin, the Democratic Whip, in June 2010, working with him to eliminate this disparity between crack cocaine and powder cocaine, called Jeff Sessions a ‘man of his word.’”

“Former Attorney General Eric Holder, January 16, 2009, called Senator Sessions ‘a great United States Attorney.’”

“I hope [Democrats] will assist us in a fair and swift confirmation process for a truly honorable and deserving candidate for Attorney General.”