Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Statement on U.S. Attorney Legislation

Posted on March 20, 2007

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander today released the following statement on his votes on legislation related to the appointment of U.S. Attorneys: “I voted for the Feinstein bill because it restores to Congress the authority to approve the appointment of each United States Attorney. The ongoing revelations of the firing of eight U.S. Attorneys have reminded us that it is unwise to give any administration the effective power to turn temporary U.S. Attorneys into permanent appointments without congressional approval. I voted against the Kyl amendment because I believe it is also unwise for Congress to put time limits on what the president is supposed to do. I voted for the Sessions amendment because it puts reasonable safeguards on any temporary appointment by the chief judge.”