Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Historic Holder nomination to U.S. Attorney General to come before full U.S. Senate on Thursday, January 29

Eric Holder's confirmation to be the next Attorney General of the United States was approved of by the Senate Judiciary Committee by a vote of 17 yeas to 2 nays earlier today, Wednesday, 1/28/2009, with only John Cornyn (TX) and Tom Coburn (OK) voting no (a tally of the Senate Judiciary Committee vote is attached). His nomination may come before the full Senate for a confirmation vote as early as tomorrow, Thursday, 1/29/2009. We need to encourage everyone to contact their Senator as soon as possible to urge them to support this important nomination.

Eric Holder, who has been nominated by President-elect Barack Obama to serve as Attorney General of the United States, is the right person for the job. The Department of Justice has, for the past 8 years, been woefully mismanaged, and as a result it has not adequately protected Americans' voting, housing or employment rights; nor has it even attempted to address police misconduct or a whole host of other issues to ensure that our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are protected.

Through his historic nomination of Eric Holder (if confirmed Eric Holder will be the first African American U.S. Attorney General in history) President-elect Obama has selected a person who has, throughout his career, demonstrated a commitment to justice, an even-handed nature, and an ability to lead. In addition to serving as the Deputy Attorney General under Janet Reno and leading the transition from Ms. Reno to her successor, Attorney General John Ashcroft, Eric Holder has served as the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, as a Superior Court Judge nominated by Ronald Reagan and as a trial attorney in the Public Integrity section of the Department of Justice. Mr. Holder knows the U.S. Department of Justice and knows what needs to and can be done, and is clearly the best candidate to swiftly and competently restore and reinvigorate the beleaguered department.

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