To receive daily emails from Breaking Christian News to your inbox CLICK HERE


SHARE THIS ARTICLE Printer friendly version of this page

Finally: Jeff Sessions Is Now the U.S. Attorney General

Bob Eschliman : Feb 9, 2017  CBN News

Near the end of the marathon debate session—the second of four planned this week—Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), the only GOP African-American in the Senate, gave a powerful 35-minute speech about the manner in which liberals have conducted themselves and why he had supported the nomination.

[CBN News] President Donald Trump is finally getting more members added to his Cabinet this week, but it's continuing at a snail's pace. (Reuters photo/via CBN News)

Wednesday night, after another brutal 30-hour post-cloture debate, U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions was confirmed as attorney general in a 52-47 vote. As is tradition, Sessions voted "present." Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) broke party lines to support the nomination.

Near the end of the marathon debate session—the second of four planned this week—Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), the only GOP African-American in the Senate, gave a powerful 35-minute speech about the manner in which liberals have conducted themselves and why he had supported the nomination. Click here to see a video of the speech.

After the vote, Sessions tendered his resignation, effective at 11:55 p.m. EST on Wednesday, and gave a brief farewell address. In it, he addressed some of the hateful things that had been said about him during the previous 30 hours of debate, but offered his hope that Democrats could eventually reconcile and restore collegiality to the Senate.

"Reconciliation is important," he said. "We ought to do that in this body. We ought to try to fight for our values, and not give an inch—you don't have to back down if you believe you're right and you shouldn't back down, but there are ways that we can get along personally. And I would say that would be my prayer for this body."

Click here to see video of that speech.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, a Republican, has not yet announced a replacement for Sessions, but it is widely believed he will select Attorney General Luther Strange. A special election would need to be held, but Strange would hold the seat until then—and has indicated he intends to run in the special election.

After Sessions' confirmation vote, the Senate immediately took up a cloture vote for U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), Trump's nominee to lead the Department of Health & Human Services. The seven-term congressman is an orthopedic surgeon by profession and has been an outspoken critic of Obamacare.

The cloture vote passed on strictly party lines, 51-48. Democrats, under the rules of the Senate, will be allowed to hold the floor for up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate, as they have for Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Sessions. If they do the same with Price's nomination, the post-cloture clock began at precisely 7 p.m. EST Wednesday, meaning the soonest a vote could come is 1 a.m. Friday.

The Senate is also slated to take up the nomination of Treasury Secretary-designate Steven Mnuchin. With approximately an hour for a final vote on Price and a cloture vote for Mnuchin, plus 30 hours of post-cloture debate, the treasury secretary-designate's confirmation vote would likely happen at approximately 8 a.m. EST Saturday.

[Sessions was sworn-in on Thursday morning, giving] the president six of his 14 Cabinet members. As has been noted in the debates this week, this is the slowest confirmation process since George Washington was president.







SHARE THIS ARTICLE Printer friendly version of this page

To receive daily emails from Breaking Christian News to your inbox CLICK HERE

Other Recent Articles from Breaking Christian News

Trump Signing 'Born Alive' Executive Order Protecting Babies that Survive Botched Abortions

3,000 Pro-lifers Take Part in German March for Life amid Covid Restrictions

Truth Comes Out: Grand Jury's Breonna Taylor Decision Reveals It Was Not a 'No-Knock' Warrant

Dr. Alveda King: African-Americans Supporting Trump because of His 'Stand for Life'

President Trump's Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping in Federal Workforce

Senate Report Links Hunter Biden to Human Trafficking Ring, and Joe Biden WAS Briefed on His Son's Burisma Involvement

China's Communist Regime Changes Bible Story; Says Jesus Killed Woman Caught in Adultery: 'I, Too, Am a Sinner'

American Sign Language Bible Translation Completed after 39 Years

'This Is Not Political, This Is Simply Biblical!': Thousands Hit the Streets in FL Where Souls Were 'Running to Get Saved'

A Kenosha Church's Miracle in the Midst of Chaos: 'God Gave It to Us to Be a Beacon Where Light Is Dim'

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Encourages Christians to Keep Faith in the Public Square

Numbers Don't Lie: Trump's Economy Produced the Lowest Poverty Rate on Record in US before Covid

From 'Buying DA' Elections to Funding Far-Left Ideology in US Universities; a Closer Look at George Soros' behind-the-scenes Actions

'Parents Are Waking Up': School Fires Christian Worker for Criticizing LGBT Curriculum

'Merciful Hand of God:' Thai Church Celebrates Baptism of over 1,400 People

'Resurrection': Actor Jim Caviezel Reveals Third Draft for 'Passion of the Christ' Sequel

Law and Order: Justice Dept Says If a City Refuses to Enforce the Law, They Lose Federal Funding

Black Lives Matter Org Deletes About Page Calling for 'Disruption' of Nuclear Family

Nebraska Bar Owner Who Defended Property against BLM Rioter Commits Suicide: Pray for His Family

'Black Americans Are Better Off' Under Trump than Obama: Why Candace Owens Wants a Democrat BLEXIT



Search the Articles Archives

Keyword:  
Author:  
Words Posted On:  
Day Month Year



BCN Plus

An BCN Paid Advertisement
An BCN Paid Advertisement
Follow BCN on Twitter
Are You Praying for Our Government Leaders?
BCN Staff

Steve Shultz
Steve Shultz, Managing Editor
Founder and Owner


Aimee Herd
Aimee Herd, Editor


BCN Plus
Are You Praying for President Trump?
 
 
BCN Contact Info

All articles on this site and emails from BCN are copyrighted property of Breaking Christian News. Permission is given to link to, or share a BCN story if proper attribution is given to both the original writer and summarizer of the story. Breaking Christian News 2005-2019. All Rights Reserved.


Breaking Christian News is a division of Elijah List Publications, Inc. All Rights Reserved


Disclaimer: Articles and links, as well as the source articles linked to; do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Breaking Christian News.

editor@breakingchristiannews.com