Holder Nomination to U.S. Attorney General Has Been Rescheduled to Come Before Full U.S. Senate on Monday, February 2


The Issue:
The vote by the full U.S. Senate on Eric Holder’s confirmation to be the next Attorney General of the United States, originally scheduled to be considered as early as today, Thursday, January 29, has been postponed until Monday, February 2, 2009,  The Senate is trying to finish the legislation it is currently considering before it takes up anything else.  The NAACP encourages everyone to take the extra time to contact their Senators and urge them to support this important nomination. 

Eric Holder, who has been nominated by President-elect Barack Obama to serve as Attorney General of the United States, is the right person for the job.  The Department of Justice has, for the past 8 years, been woefully mismanaged, and as a result it has not adequately protected Americans’ voting, housing or employment rights; nor has it even attempted to address police misconduct or a whole host of other issues to ensure that our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are protected. 

Through his historic nomination of Eric Holder (if confirmed Eric Holder will be the first African American U.S. Attorney General in history) President-elect Obama has selected a person who has, throughout his career, demonstrated a commitment to justice, an even-handed nature, and an ability to lead.  In addition to serving as the Deputy Attorney General under Janet Reno and leading the transition from Ms. Reno to her successor, Attorney General John Ashcroft, Eric Holder has served as the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, as a Superior Court Judge nominated by Ronald Reagan and as a trial attorney in the Public Integrity section of the Department of Justice.  Mr. Holder knows the U.S. Department of Justice and knows what needs to and can be done, and is clearly the best candidate to swiftly and competently restore and reinvigorate the beleaguered department.

The NAACP solidly supports Eric Holder’s nomination and
strongly urges everyone to contact both your Senators TODAY and urge them to vote to confirm Eric Holder to be the next Attorney General of the United States.

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