Despite delays and much Democratic handwringing, Sessions was predictably approved in committee, and his nomination heads to the full Senate
Voting 11-9 along party lines, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to approve Senator Jeff Sessions’ (R-AL) nomination for Attorney General Wednesday.
Sessions’ nomination will now proceed to the Senate floor for a final confirmation vote.
Democrats in the Senate have lobbed various accusations in an attempt to derail the confirmation of their colleague, including a lengthy soliloquy by Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) just before the vote. Ultimately, none of that mattered when it came down to votes.
The following committee members voted in favor of Sessions’ nomination:
Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Senator John Cornyn (R-TX)
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT)
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)
Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE)
Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ)
Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID)
Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC)
Senator John Kennedy (R-LA)
The following committee members voted against Sessions’ nomination:
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Senator Al Franken (D-MN)
Senator Chris Coons (D-DE)
Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI)
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