The Senate Judiciary Committee deadlocked on President
The vote on
Clarke is the second Justice Department nominee -- and second woman of color -- whose record was attacked by Republicans. Senate Republicans earlier refused to support the nomination of
Clarke previously ran the civil rights bureau at New York’s attorney general’s office and, if confirmed, would be the first woman to lead the civil rights division, which is responsible for enforcing federal laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex or disabilities and ensuring that voting laws don’t violate constitutional rights.
“She’s spent years working to advance civil rights of all Americans,” said Senator
Republicans, however, criticized Clarke’s past record on legal cases and comments in which she appeared to advocate for cutting funding for police departments. Texas Republican Senator
“Ms. Clarke is a partisan culture warrior who’s openly advocated the defunding of the police,” said Senator
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