Representative Nita Lowey

Representing the 17th District of New York

Lowey Statement on Confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General

February 9, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (D-NY), Ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement on the Senate’s confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General:

“It is a dark day when Republicans are more concerned about silencing the words of Coretta Scott King than protecting the civil rights of Americans.

“The Senate’s confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General is concerning and deeply dangerous. The Justice Department must work aggressively to uphold the Constitution, independently oversee the President, and ensure Americans are equally protected under the law. Regrettably, it is unclear if Jeff Sessions is willing or capable of carrying out these basic job requirements.

“As Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, I will hold the Attorney General and his Justice Department accountable for performing their Constitutional duties to enforce the laws of the United States equally and fairly.”