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On the Decision of the Chair PN30: Jeff Sessions, of Alabama, to be Attorney General

During the floor debate on the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General, the chair ruled that Sen. Elizabeth Warren had violated Rule XIX of the Senate's rules of debate. This was a roll call vote on the decision. A yea vote was to keep the chair's decision that the rule had been violated.

The rule is:

No Senator in debate shall, directly or indirectly, by any form of words impute to another Senator or to other Senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator.

Warren had read into the record a now famous letter by Coretta Scott King in 1986 in opposition to Sessions's nomination at the time to be a federal judge.

The decision of the chair sets a problematic precedent that presidential nominees cannot be opposed in floor debate when the nominee is a sitting senator.

115th Congress
Feb 7, 2017
Decision of Chair Sustained

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Key: R Yea D Nay
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Totals     Republican     Democrat     Independent
  Yea 49
49 0 0
  Nay 43
0 42 1
Not Voting 8
3 4 1
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