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 SessionsOn the Trail: Senate GOP hopefuls tie themselves to Trump Trump looms as flashpoint in Alabama Senate battle Trump tweets test Attorney General Barr 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 FeinsteinCalifornia lawmakers mark Day of Remembrance for Japanese internment Democratic senators ask DOJ watchdog to expand Giuliani probe House passes bipartisan bill to create women's history museum 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 budget includes proposal for US Consulate in Greenland Democrats worried about Trump's growing strength The Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in MORE (Ala.) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe new American center Democratic Senate campaign arm raised more than .5 million in January On the Trail: Senate GOP hopefuls tie themselves to Trump MORE (Maine), said they would not support her.