In the U.S. Capitol Building’s Lyndon B. Johnson Room, Civil Rights Icon Congressman John Lewis will Convene Senate and House Democrats and Experts to Discuss State of Voting Rights in America
Controversial Biden nominee Kristen Clarke has been confirmed by the senate as Susan Collins broke with the GOP.
According to The Washington Free Beacon:
The final vote was 51-48, with Sen. Susan Collins (R., Maine) joining Democrats to support Clarke’s nomination. Democrats teed up the vote to coincide with the anniversary of George Floyd’s death, touting Clarke’s confirmation as a victory for their criminal justice agenda.
“As we continue to pursue strong policing reform legislation, the fight for racial justice by confirming Kristen Clarke on the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder is particularly poignant and appropriate,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) said on the floor before the confirmation vote.
Republicans opposed Clarke’s nomination, citing her anti-police rhetoric and ties to anti-Semites. The Washington Free Beacon reported that Clarke opposed civil rights prosecutions of black defendants, concealed ties to an anti-Semitic writer, and downplayed her involvement with an academic conference that hailed cop-killers as political prisoners.
As legislative gridlock on voting rights and criminal justice reform continues, Clarke’s office will become the locus for the Biden administration’s civil rights agenda. Even if legislative accomplishments prove elusive, the department can notch victories that will outlast the administration by entering reform agreements with police departments or prevailing in litigation.
Clarke will apparently be instrumental in determining how the DOJ attacks new voting laws enacted by red states.