John Ashcroft’s nomination as U.S. Attorney General is headed to the full senate floor for a vote. All nine Republicans and one Democrat voted Ashcroft’s nomination out of committee. The decision by Democratic Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin to support Ashcroft was more than a vote in favor, it was an olive branch to President Bush to seek more conciliation with Congress. Other Democrats on the committee weren’t so generous. Republicans on the committee say they may not have agreed with Ashcroft on every issue, but believe him when he says he’ll uphold the laws whether he agrees with them or not.
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