Senator Warren is Silenced in the Senate
Tuesday night, when the Senate was debating the election of the nomination of Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to Attorney General, the Republican majority voted to silence Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). Warren was reading a letter written by Coretta Scott King from 1986, objecting to President Reagan’s (unsuccessful) nomination of Jeff Sessions as a federal judge. The objection to Warren’s reading came after the line stating that Sessions had used “the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens.” Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called Warren to order under Rule 19, stating that she “impugned (questioned) the motives and conduct of our colleague from Alabama.” She was prohibited from speaking in the Senate chambers again on Session’s nomination, however she continued her case outside. Sessions was confirmed as US Attorney General Wednesday night.