Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Cohen’s Statement on the Confirmation of Senator Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General

February 8, 2017
Press Release
Cohen also participated in march to the Senate floor in protest of Senator Sessions’ Nomination

[WASHINGTON, DC] – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, today released the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted nearly along party lines to confirm Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) as the next Attorney General of the United States:

“I am disappointed Jeff Sessions was confirmed by the Senate as the next Attorney General,” said Congressman Cohen. “It is a sad day in American jurisprudence when a man who has not sought to advance voting rights, civil rights or women’s rights nor has sought to advocate for the Bill of Rights, except for the Second and Tenth Amendments, becomes Attorney General of the United States. Furthermore, his positions on criminal justice are repressive and outdated.”

Earlier today Congressman Cohen participated in a march with his House colleagues to the floor of the U.S. Senate in protest of the nomination of Senator Sessions as Attorney General. Photos of the march can be found here, here and here. A video clip of the march can be found here.