**Democrats reading the letter by Martin Luther King Jr.’s widow on Senate Floor today. QUESTION OF THE HOUR: What happens to the #TravelBan under AG Sessions?**
Senate Floor, Tuesday, February 7, 2017 #ShePersisted
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) silenced by the invocation of a rare rule last night for reading a letter written by Martin Luther King Jr.’s widow–Coretta Scott King– in 1986 that opposed Sen. Jeff Session’s nomination for a federal judgeship under President Regan. Sessions’ confirmation is expected in tonight’s vote.
- Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) invoked a rule (Rule 19) that claimed Warren’s reading of the letter violated a rule against impugning the character of a fellow senator.
- Warren left the floor and read the letter on social media and took to Twitter.
- Jeff Sessions has sat on the very committee that is responsible for his confirmation, the Senate Judiciary Committee, during his 20-year tenure in the Senate. Confirmed or not, Sessions will keep his senate seat and continue working with his peers. If confirmed as expected, the Senator from Alabama would be responsible for overseeing the DOJ, which impacts the #TravelBan among other policies as outlined by NPR in 5 points.
- Warren will not be allowed to participate in the rest of the Senate Floor debate on Session’s nomination as AG.
- Tonight, the U.S. Senate will hold a confirmation vote on Sessions.
See full letter at: http://bit.ly/2iZwpWu
Other Notable Links:
King’s Daughter Speaks Out: http://people.com/books/coretta-scott-king-architect-martin-luther-king-jr-legacy/
Trump’s DOJ lays out travel ban defense: http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/05/politics/donald-trump-executive-order-justice-department/
Senate Floor last night: