Deccan Chronicle

US Senate puts off Vanita’s nomination

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Washington, April 16:

(PTI) The US Senate has postponed till next week a scheduled floor vote on the nomination for Indian-American civil rights lawyer Vanita Gupta to serve as Associate Attorney General, the third-highest position in the Department of Justice, after hours of debate on her candidatur­e.

Opposition Republican­s have vocally opposed Gupta’s nomination. They pressed her over previous tweets critical of Republican­s and accused her of being an “extreme partisan advocate” at a contentiou­s confirmati­on hearing last month.

However, the 100-member Senate, which is equally divided among the Republican­s and the Democrats, adopted the motion to discharge Gupta’s nomination, moving it to the full Senate for considerat­ion, by a vote of 49-34. As many as 16 Republican­s and one Democrat did not vote.

Without giving a reason for the postponeme­nt of the vote of 46year-old Gupta’s nomination till next week, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer exuded confidence that she is all set to become the Associate Attorney General, making her the first person of colour to occupy this position.

The Senate will soon vote on a motion to discharge the nomination of Vanita Gupta to serve

VANITA GUPTA will be the first civil rights attorney to serve as Associate Attorney General.

as the next Associate Attorney General. The daughter of immigrants, she would be the first woman of colour and the first civil rights attorney to serve as Associate Attorney General, Schumer said on the Senate floor soon after the motion of discharge was adopted.

At a time when so many in our country are calling for action against civil injustices and racial violence, Vanita Gupta is exactly who we need at the Department of Justice. We are moving forward to confirm Gupta to serve as the next Associate Attorney General, Schumer said.

Despite Republican obstructio­n, she will be confirmed by this chamber, Schumer said.

The sudden postponeme­nt of the confirmati­on vote comes after hours of debate on Gupta’s nomination. The Senate adjourned on Thursday at 6.43 pm and will next convene on Monday, April 19 at 3 pm. —

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