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Senate Proceeding on Dec 21st, 2010 :: 4:58:50 to 5:02:05
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Jeff Sessions

4:58:49 to 4:59:09( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: the chambers. mr. sessions: those speaking in favor would want to go first, and i would yield to senator leahy. mr. sessions: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from alabama. mr. sessions: two nominees today

Jeff Sessions

4:58:50 to 5:02:05( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions

4:59:10 to 4:59:30( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: are nominees that came out of the judiciary committee with substantial negative votes. mr. martinez is a long-time member of the american civil liberties union. he has refused when asked at the hearing by myself and in written questions to state whether or

Jeff Sessions

4:59:31 to 4:59:52( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: not he believes that the constitution of the united states prohibits the death penalty. not whether he believed in it. that's his prerogative. he hit behind the answer that, well, the supreme court says it is and that's my view, but the aclu holds to the view that --

Jeff Sessions

4:59:53 to 5:00:13( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: that cruel and unusual punishment provision of the constitution prohibits the imposition of the death penalty and that therefore it's unconstitutional. he refused to answer that question, and i believe that's an untenable view. there are four references at

Jeff Sessions

5:00:14 to 5:00:35( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: least in the constitution to the death penalty and how somebody could take the cruel clause to override specific provisions in the death penalty which was provided for in every colony in the federal government when the constitution passed. with regard to the other nominee , mrs. benita y. pearson,

Jeff Sessions

5:00:36 to 5:00:57( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: she has some very extreme views on animal rights. when asked by senator coburn whether it would be in the best interest of a steer to be slaughtered, was asked that at the committee. she said "probably not in the best interest of the steer, sir. but then you have to look beyond that.

Jeff Sessions

5:00:58 to 5:01:18( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: i mean the stir" -- mr. president, i'm having a hard time hearing. the presiding officer: the senator from alabama. mr. sessions: she said you have to look beyond that. the mean the steer is going to lose its life. it is a painful situation and steers, evidence has shown, may have some idea or apprehension about the slaughter that is impending. but the next step, is it

Jeff Sessions

5:01:19 to 5:01:40( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: necessary to slaughter the steer in order to provide food for those who might otherwise go hungry or perhaps be malnourished without the substance that this steer's flesh and hide could provide in terms of clothing and matters necessary for the well-being of animals. and basically what i understand this to be is that she's suggesting a court should enter

Jeff Sessions

5:01:41 to 5:02:01( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: into some sort of balancing test on whether or not it's legitimate to slaughter a steer. and also, she's a member of the defense of animals group that is very extreme in its views. for that reason, the american animal association strongly

Jeff Sessions

5:02:02 to 5:02:05( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: opposes the nomination. i think her views on this

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