Followed by shouts of "Shame! Shame!" in the gallery, and with no Democratic members voting in favor, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday voted to recommend confirmation for Jeff Sessions to become the next U.S. Attorney General.
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) February 1, 2017
Sessions' nomination—which was strongly opposed by women's rights groups, civil liberties advocates, public interest organizations, and legal experts from across the progressive community—will now be referred to the full Senate where a final vote will be scheduled.
Vicki Saporta, president and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF), was quick to condemn the committee's vote.
"As the nomination of Jeff Sessions advances to the full Senate, NAF continues to strongly oppose his confirmation," Saporta said in a statement. "Sessions has a long record of opposing protections for abortion providers and we remain unconvinced that he will adequately enforce the laws that protect abortion providers and their patients from threats and violence. Sessions' nomination has broad-based opposition from a wide range of groups that work to advance civil rights and women’s rights, including legal scholars. NAF urges Senators to fully consider the record of Jeff Sessions and reject his nomination as Attorney General."
Outrage was also immediate on social media:
— Ari Berman (@AriBerman) February 1, 2017
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) February 1, 2017
— NARAL (@NARAL) February 1, 2017
Sessions was voted 11-9. He's now our Atty General. God help us all
— Jackie BonnerFarnham (@JackieFarnham) February 1, 2017