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Jan
09

Bipartisanship Shines for Eric Holder

Eric Holder & Sen. Arlen Specter

Eric Holder & Sen. Arlen Specter

There is finally some bipartisanship on the GOPs behalf for President Obama’s nominee for Attorney General, Mr. Eric Holder from Senator Arlen Specter, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee who will support Eric Holder’s nomination for attorney general, clearing the way for a full Senate vote as early as Thursday.

With Holder’s confirmation now all but confirmed and the Senate’s approval of Timothy Geithner as treasury secretary on Monday, President Barack Obama has made major strides in filling out his Cabinet just a week after taking office. Once he is approved by the Senate, Holder will be the first black attorney general in U.S. history.

Here from Politico excerpts from an article which renders a good in dept progress of Congress’s confirmation on Mr. Holder?

Specter’s support for Holder ensures that there will be at least two Republicans on the Judiciary Committee backing him, as Sen. Orrin G. Hatch of Utah has already announced that he is supporting Holder.

Obama administration officials privately hope that more GOP senators on Judiciary, possibly including Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions and Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl, the minority whip, will back Holder as well, although the two have not yet indicated their intentions. Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) has already announced that he will back Holder once the nomination reaches the floor, meaning that a GOP filibuster would fail if Democrats stay united behind Holder.

Specter said the backing of Holder by former FBI Director Louis J. Freeh and other senior Bush Justice Department officials, plus a private meeting he had with Holder last Thursday, helped persuade him to support the nominee.

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