Congressional Black Caucus head: 'Sessions's civil rights record is appalling'

Congressional Black Caucus head: 'Sessions's civil rights record is appalling'
Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chairman Rep. G. K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) on Friday blasted Sen. Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsTrump and Russia: A timeline on communications Hispanic Dems demand meeting with Sessions Justice Department to seek Supreme Court review in Trump travel ban case MORE's (R-Ala.) record on civil rights, stating that it should disqualify him from being the next attorney general.
 
"We face an alarming choice in the selection of Senator Jeff Sessions to serve as the chief law enforcer for the United States of America," Butterfield said in a statement. "Senator Sessions' civil rights record is appalling and should disqualify him from Senate confirmation."
 
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Butterfield went on to criticize Sessions's effort to oppose Democratic legislation, stating that he "obstructed the progress ... to ensure racial equality" in minority communities across America.
 
"Senator Sessions has continuously obstructed the progress that we've made since the historic Civil Rights legislation of the 1960s. Senator Sessions has blocked legislative efforts to ensure racial equality in minority communities, including his opposition to President Obama's judicial nominations and full enforcement of the Voting Rights Act," Butterfield said.
 
Butterfield also echoed the concerns of other Democratic lawmakers who have attacked Sessions for allegedly referring to the American Civil Liberties Union as "un-American," and calling the Ku Klux Klan "OK, until [I] learned they smoked marijuana."
 
Although he strongly denied making the comments, Sessions' nomination to a judicial post in 1980s was withdrawn by Ronald Reagan in light of the controversy.
 
"Having previously been denied a nomination by members of the U.S. Senate over concerns about his views of African Americans, Senator Jeff Sessions will very likely face an uphill battle in being confirmed as the next Attorney General of the United States," Butterfield said.
 
"The Attorney General must run the Department of Justice with a total commitment to the rule of law and must guarantee minority citizens their fundamental constitutional rights. The Congressional Black Caucus stands ready to oppose Senator Sessions' confirmation as we adamantly believe his appointment will set us back in the advancement of civil rights and race relations across the country," he concluded.