(CNSNews.com) – Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Tuesday used the recent women’s march on Washington as an excuse to delay a confirmation vote on Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general.
“I’m asking that the vote for Sen. Jeff Sessions be held over until next week,” Feinstein told the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Feinstein pointed to the 188 pages of written responses Sessions has submitted at the request of committee members: “Our staff needs time to go through these answers and we need time to put them in context with what we know and what we’ve learned about Sen. Sessions’s record,” she said.
“And I also believe it’s important to reflect on this nomination in light of the demonstration we saw this weekend.”
Feinstein described Saturday’s march as “a massive outpouring of hope and optimism.” She called it the “largest demonstration in the last decade” and pointed to the “diversity” of the participants around the world.
“Millions are estimated to have gathered. I thought it was very unusual to see such large crowds and such sheer joy. No violence,” Feinstein said – ignoring the vulgarity and ugliness spouted by some of the celebrity speakers.
Feinstein talked about meeting some of the delegates: “They just glowed. They shared an elation and commitment that actually I have never seen before…It was really palpable. There’s no other way to say it. They want to have their voices heard. They want to ensure equality for all.”
Feinstein said the marchers were supporting the same values that the attorney general must defend for “all of the American people.”
She also noted that women have had to fight for everything they’ve won: “Nothing has been easy.” She talked about the right to vote, property rights, birth control, and “reproductive” rights.
“So our history, in this march and in what we’re going to do on the attorney general, is really very important,” Feinstein said.
“Mr. Chairman, once again, we are being asked to evaluate the nomination of our next attorney general, who is charged with enforcing the law and upholding the protections women have fought so hard to secure. This nomination is critically important,” she said.
“This committee must have enough time to fully evaluate Sen. Session’s record, to evaluate his answers to our questions and to determine what kind of attorney general he will be if confirmed.
“Many, many millions of Americans are deeply concerned about what the future will bring. That’s a hallmark of what happened this past Saturday in the march.
“The least we can do is tell them we’re being as careful as possible about who we place in charge of making these important decisions.
“For every woman and man who marched over the weekend, we owe it to them.”