Holder Skating Toward Confirmation
Barack Obama's choice for Attorney General appears to be skating toward easy confirmation in the Senate. During confirmation hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee Holder declared his support for the Second Amendment as defined by the Supreme Court in the Heller decision and then went on to say that closing the "gun show loophole" and banning "cop killer bullets"should be the primary focus and that banning "assault weapons" permanently is something which should be done and that doing so is not in conflict with the Heller decision.
The NRA sent a letter to committee members earlier this week telling them that they weren't happy with the Holder nomination and that they hoped the senators would keep NRA's position in mind when they cast their votes. Previously NRA had let Senate leadership know that they were not going to weigh votes for holder in determining grades for politicians.
Republican Senator Mel Martinez of Florida has joined Orrin Hatch (R-UT) in supporting of Holder. This is surprising considering the low esteem Holder enjoys in the powerful Cuban community in Florida due to his involvement in the forced deportation of six-year old Elian Gonzalez. The declarations of support from Republicans signals that even procedural moves like a filibuster would be quickly defeated and a confirmation vote taken.
Until the vote is taken in the full Senate though, the nomination remains in play. Readers are urged to continue contacting their senators to express opposition to Holder's confirmation.
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