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 SessionsGarland rescinds Trump-era memo curtailing consent decrees Biden picks vocal Trump critics to lead immigration agencies The Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings 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 FeinsteinLawmakers react to guilty verdict in Chauvin murder trial: 'Our work is far from done' Senate Democrats call on Biden to restore oversight of semiautomatic and sniper rifle exports Overnight Defense: Army moves to combat sexual crimes | Eight West Point cadets expelled | Democratic senators want to restrict F-35 sale to UAE 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 MurkowskiTrump: GOP candidates need to embrace 'make America great' agenda if they want to win Republicans who backed Trump impeachment see fundraising boost Moderates' 0B infrastructure bill is a tough sell with Democrats MORE (Ala.) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsCollins joins Democrats in bid to undo Trump methane emissions rollback Biden dispatches Cabinet members to sell infrastructure plan Senate confirms SEC chief Gensler to full five-year term MORE (Maine), said they would not support her.