The Huffington Post: Sen. Baldwin Explains Why She Won’t Vote To Confirm Sessions For Attorney General
Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), the only openly lesbian or gay U.S. senator, is voting “no” on three upcoming confirmation votes for anti-LGBTQ Donald Trump cabinet nominees.
They include Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos, whose family has given millions of dollars to anti-LGBTQ groups; health and human services secretary nominee Tom Price, a Georgia GOP congressman who has consistently scored a”zero” from the Human Rights Campaign on its annual scorecard; and attorney general nominee, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), whom Baldwin spoke out against in an interview with me last week SiriusXM Progress.
“[There have been] a rampant number of instances of discrimination and hate crimes experienced by the LGBT community — and given Sen. Sessions record, both prior to his time in the senate and as a senator, opposing the expansion of hate crimes law, it gives me great concern,” she said. “It’s at a time when I believe we actually need to increase resources and focus on that part of the department of justice.”