For Immediate Release

February 9, 2017

Contact:

John Kelley

917-679-6475

jkelley@newtownaction.org

NEWTOWN ACTION ALLIANCE CONDEMNS SENATE FOR CONFIRMING SESSIONS, THE NRA PICK FOR U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL

Newtown, CT-Newtown Action Alliance released the following statement after the Senate confirmed Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General.

“It’s another sad day in our nation. Yesterday, 51 Republicans and one Democrat confirmed Senator Jeff Sessions as the U.S. Attorney General.

In addition to his racist past, Senator Sessions has a lifetime record of supporting the NRA’s guns everywhere agenda and the NRA supported his confirmation. He voted against the background check bills after the Sandy Hook and Orlando Pulse shootings. He supports the federally mandated carry law where anyone with a gun permit can carry in other states despite poor permitting laws in many states. He voted against the #NoFlyNoBuy bill to keep guns away from suspected terrorists on the No Fly List.  He voted against the ban on assault weapons & limits on high capacity magazines. He voted to put guns in our national parks and to protect gun manufacturers from civil liability actions.

As the U.S. Attorney General, Senator Sessions would be tasked with overseeing the FBI, Department of Justice and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and other important federal departments. With his close ties to the NRA, he cannot be trusted to enforce the existing federal gun laws and he will politicize the AG office to push the NRA’s guns everywhere agenda.

Since 20 innocent children and six educators were brutally gunned down in an elementary school in 2012, there have been over 400,000 gun deaths and injuries in our nation. Every member of Congress, including Senator Sessions, who took money from the NRA to block gun violence prevention laws have blood on their hands.

We are outraged that these 51 Republicans and one Democrat voted “yes” for Jeff Sessions as the U.S. Attorney General. We hope the voters will hold them accountable on Election Day in 2018, 2020 and 2022.”

Voted YES to Jeff Sessions

State

Election 2018

Election 2020

Election 2022

Republican

Richard C. Shelby

Alabama

x

Republican

LIsa Murkowski

Alaska

x

Republican

Dan Sullivan

Alaska

x

Republican

John McCain

Arizona

x

Republican

Jeff Flake

Arizona

x

Republican

Tom Cotton

Arkansas

x

Republican

John Boozman

Arkansas

x

Republican

Cory Gardner

Colorado

x

Republican

Marco Rubio

Florida

x

Republican

David Perdue

Georgia

x

Republican

Johnny Isakson

Georgia

x

Republican

Jim Risch

Idaho

x

Republican

Michael D. Crapo

Idaho

x

Republican

Todd Young

Indiana

x

Republican

Joni Ernst

Iowa

x

Republican

Charles E. Grassley

Iowa

x

Republican

Jerry Moran

Kansas

x

Republican

Pat Roberts

Kansas

x

Republican

Rand Paul

Kentucky

x

Republican

Mitch McConnell

Kentucky

x

Republican

Bill Cassidy

Louisiana

x

Republican

John Kennedy

Louisiana

x

Republican

Susan Collins

Maine

x

Republican

Roger Wicker

Mississippi

x

Republican

Thad Cochran

Mississippi

x

Republican

Steve Daines

Montana

x

Republican

Roy Blunt Mo.

Montana

x

Republican

Deb Fischer

Nebraska

x

Republican

Ben Sasse

Nebraska

x

Republican

Dean Heller

Nevada

x

Republican

Richard M. Burr

North Carolina

x

Republican

Thom Tillis

North Carolina

x

Republican

John Hoeven

North Dakota

x

Republican

Rob Portman

Ohio

x

Republican

James M. Inhofe

Oklahoma

x

Republican

James Lankford

Oklahoma

x

Republican

Patrick J. Toomey

Pennsylvania

x

Republican

Tim Scott

South Carolina

x

Republican

Lindsey Graham

South Carolina

x

Republican

Michael Rounds

South Dakota

x

Republican

John Thune

South Dakota

x

Republican

Bob Corker

Tennessee

x

Republican

Lamar Alexander

Tennessee

x

Republican

Ted Cruz

Texas

x

Republican

John Cornyn

Texas

x

Republican

Mike Lee

Utah

x

Republican

Orrin G. Hatch

Utah

x

Democrat

Joe Manchin III

West Virginia

x

Republican

Shelley Moore Capito

West Virginia

x

Republican

Ron Johnson

Wisconsin

x

Republican

Michael B. Enzi

Wyoming

x

Republican

John Barrasso

Wyoming

x

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The Newtown Action Alliance (www.newtownaction.org) is a grassroots organization formed after the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  It works to make America’s children, families, and all citizens safer through legislative and cultural change that will reduce gun violence in our nation.

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