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Tell Senators: Oppose Nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General

On November 18, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump nominated Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III (R-AL) to be the 84th Attorney General of the United States. If he is confirmed by the Senate, Senator Sessions would assume the new office after President-elect Trump’s inauguration on January 20, 2017.

As Attorney General, Senator Sessions would have great influence over many policy areas of key importance to the Reform Movement, including civil rights, religious freedom, women’s rights, LGBTQ equality and immigration. His extensive record in public life has been one of insufficient commitment to the advancement of these issues.

Reform Jews have been steadfast advocates for civil rights and equal protection for all people for over 50 years. Senator Sessions’ record and his testimony at his confirmation hearing indicates that, as Attorney General, he would stand in the way of the Justice Department’s mandate to enforce crucial laws that our Movement has advocated for.

Urge your senators to oppose Senator Sessions’ nomination to be the next U.S. Attorney General.

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  • Background:

    Senator Jeff Sessions’ record on the following key issues informed the Reform Movement’s opposition to his nomination. Senator Sessions has called the Voting Rights Act of 1965 “intrusive.” He vocally opposed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act when it was added as an amendment to the 2008 Defense Authorization Act because it added sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of classes protected under federal hate crime law. In addition, Senator Sessions joined 21 other senators to vote against the 2012 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which included new protections for immigrants and LGBTQ people. Finally, he staked out positions that put him far outside the mainstream as the Senate considered and passed comprehensive immigration reform legislation in 2013 and has expressed support for a religious test for entrance to the United States.

    Jewish Values:

    The pursuit of civil rights has been the core of the Reform Jewish Movement’s social justice work for over 50 years. Guided by the fundamental principle that all people are created in the Divine image and words of Leviticus 19:18, “love your neighbor as yourself,” we have worked to pass landmark legislation that advances the fundamental rights of all people, regardless of race, class, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or national origin. As the chief law enforcement officer in the country, the Attorney General has substantial power over the administration of these policies.

    More information:

    You can email your Senators through our form above, or you can call the Capital Switchboard at 202.224.3121 and ask to speak directly with their offices.

    For more information on this issue, visit the RAC’s “Ask the Nominees” page or contact Senior Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Jacob Kraus at 202-387-2800.