Senate Committee OKs Holder for Attorney General

Cornyn, Coburn dissent in 17-2 vote; full body could confirm tomorrow
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 28, 2009 2:08 PM CST
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, left, talks with Attorney General-designate Eric Holder on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 15, 2009.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Senate Republicans did little to stop the progress of Barack Obama's choice for attorney general, with the Judiciary Committee voting 17-2 today to endorse Eric Holder; John Cornyn of Texas and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, Republicans both, were the lone dissenters. The Senate could vote as early as tomorrow to confirm Holder as the first African American to lead the Justice Department.