Cantwell to Vote “NO” on Sen. Jeff Sessions Nomination for Attorney General

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) announced that she will vote “no” on President Trump’s Attorney General Nominee Senator Jeff Sessions.

“I have concerns that as U.S. Attorney General and our country’s chief law enforcement officer, Senator Sessions will not protect Americans’ civil rights. In the past, Senator Sessions blocked efforts to safeguard voting rights, to protect women from domestic violence, and to expand LGBTQ rights. He opposed a woman’s right to choose and called Roe v. Wade a “colossal” mistake. He opposed sentencing and immigration reforms. His testimony on states legalizing and regulating marijuana left questions about the Trump administration’s approach to these issues.

“Given his record, I am concerned that if Senator Sessions is confirmed to be U.S. Attorney General, he and the Trump administration may not uphold current protections for all Americans. Therefore, I will be voting “NO” on Senator Sessions’ confirmation.”