Bennet Votes to Oppose Jeff Sessions Nomination

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Washington, D.C. - Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet tonight voted against the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions to be U.S. Attorney General. Earlier in the day, Bennet explained that Sessions' role in leading the fight against the 2013 immigration reform bill was the primary reason for his opposition.

"I sat here on this Senate floor, night after night after night, listening to the Senator use fear and inaccuracies to derail our best chance in years to fix this broken immigration system," Bennet said.

"The President is entitled to choose his team," Bennet continued. "But, the Attorney General, more than any other cabinet official, must be the people's lawyer, an advocate for the rule of law above all else."

"It's clear from the nearly 23,000 calls and emails my office has received that Senator Sessions has not earned the confidence of many Coloradans who may soon rely on him to protect their rights and identify abuses of Constitutional power."

The Senate debated the Sessions nomination for two days, until tonight's 52-47 vote.