Senate Judiciary Committee Delays Final Vote on Eric Holder?s Nomination to be the Next Attorney General for One Week

VOTE WILL NOW TAKE PLACE NEXT WEDNESDAY, 1/28/09

The Issue:
As is their right under the rules of the United States Senate, the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee have delayed a final vote on the nomination of Eric Holder to be U.S. Attorney General for one week.  Thus, the final vote will be next Wednesday, January 28, after which the nomination will come before the full US Senate.  While this delay is regrettable, we must use this time to advocate on behalf of confirming Mr. Holder.

Eric Holder, who has been nominated by President-elect Barack Obama to serve as Attorney General of the United States, is clearly the right person for the job.  The Department of Justice has, for the past 8 years, been woefully mismanaged, and as a result it has not adequately protected Americans’ voting, housing or employment rights; nor has it even attempted to address police misconduct or a whole host of other issues to ensure that our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are protected. 

Through his historic nomination of Eric Holder (if confirmed Eric Holder will be the first African American U.S. Attorney General in history) President-elect Obama has selected someone who has, throughout his career, demonstrated a commitment to justice, an even-handed nature, and an ability to lead.  In addition to serving as the Deputy Attorney General under Janet Reno and leading the transition from Ms. Reno to her successor, Attorney General John Ashcroft, Eric Holder has served as the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, as a Superior Court Judge nominated by Ronald Reagan and as a trial attorney in the Public Integrity section of the Department of Justice.  Mr. Holder knows the U.S. Department of Justice and knows what needs to and can be done, and is clearly the best candidate to swiftly and competently restore and reinvigorate the beleaguered department.

A toll free phone number, 1-866-346-7779, will be available beginning on Monday, January 26 at 7:00 am EDT to call Senators to urge them to support Mr. Holder.  A full list of Senators who are on the Judiciary Committee, along with their states, is attached; the number again is 1-866-346-7779.  The NAACP is urging everybody to call their Senator in support of Mr. Holder, with a special emphasis on people who live in states that are represented by members of the Committee.

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