By Andrea Dew Steele
February 14, 2017
Last week, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren took the floor of the U.S. Senate to speak against the confirmation of Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. As she attempted to read a letter written by Coretta Scott King asking Senators to vote against his confirmation to a federal judgeship in 1984 due to his history of racism, she was silenced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
He invoked an obscure and rarely-used Senate rule to silence Warren for the remainder of the Sessions debate, remarking: “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”