Senate Dems plan all-nighter to protest Sessions

Senate Dems plan all-nighter to protest Sessions
© Greg Nash

Fresh off an all-night talkathon on the Senate floor to protest President Trump’s nominee to head the Department of Education, Senate Democrats are planning another overnight debate.

This time, they will be protesting Trump’s pick to serve as attorney general, Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Democrat stalls Biden's border nominee Garland strikes down Trump-era immigration court rule, empowering judges to pause cases MORE (R-Ala.).

Three Senate Democratic sources told The Hill that lawmakers will again talk all night — from Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday morning — to vent their opposition to Sessions, who has been accused of making racially insensitive remarks as a U.S. attorney in Alabama decades ago.


Sessions has come under fire as well for his strong stance on immigration — he is a vocal critic of illegal immigration and led opposition to the bipartisan 2013 comprehensive immigration reform bill.

Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinNearly 140 Democrats urge EPA to 'promptly' allow California to set its own vehicle pollution standards Biden signs bill to bolster crime victims fund Stripping opportunity from DC's children MORE (Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, criticized Sessions on the floor Tuesday for call voting rights legislation "intrusive" on states' rights.

Democrats talked all Monday night and into Tuesday morning to register their concern over Trump's Education pick, Betsy DeVos, who narrowly won confirmation Tuesday afternoon by a vote of 51 to 50.

Vice President Pence had to break a tie on DeVos after two Republicans, Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiBill would honor Ginsburg, O'Connor with statues at Capitol The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - US gymnast wins all-around gold as Simone Biles cheers from the stands The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - A huge win for Biden, centrist senators MORE (Ala.) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSchumer: Democrats 'on track' to pass bipartisan deal, .5T budget Sunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate Collins says negotiators are 'just about finished' with infrastructure bill MORE (Maine), said they would not support her.