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Saperstein Praises Momentum Toward Johnsen Confirmation

"At this time when our Justice Department is struggling with challenges that speak to the essence of American values and rule of law, we cannot afford to let this post remain unfilled when such a capable nominee is willing to serve.”

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WASHINGTON, D.C., March 4th, 2010 — On the occasion of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote on the nomination of Dawn Johnsen to head the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

We welcome today’s Senate Judiciary Committee vote to once again advance to the full Senate Dawn Johnsen’s nomination to head the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel. For more than a year, this nomination has fallen victim to obstruction and inaction. Ms. Johnsen is supremely qualified for this post and deserves the up-or-down vote that her nomination has been long denied.

At this time when our Justice Department is struggling with challenges that speak to the essence of American values and the rule of law, we cannot afford to let this post remain unfilled when such a capable nominee is willing to serve. I sincerely hope that today’s Judiciary Committee vote provides the momentum necessary finally to confirm Ms. Johnsen to the critical post to which she has been nominated.

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The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose more than 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 1,800 Reform rabbis. Visit www.rac.org for more.



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