Senate Democrats

Reid: Congress Restores Checks And Balances, Strengthens Independence Of U.S. Attorneys

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid released the following statement today on House approval of S. 214, The Preserving United States Attorney Independence Act of 2007, which the Senate has already passed:

“The House of Representatives joined the Senate today to close a loophole inserted in the USA Patriot Act reauthorization in 2006 that allowed the Attorney General to appoint replacement U.S. Attorneys without Senate confirmation. Nevada’s own U.S. Attorney, Daniel Bogden, was unjustifiably fired under this dangerous loophole.

“Americans expect checks and balances between the legislative and executive branches, deserve fairness and independence in their criminal justice system, and demand accountability from this Administration. We hope the President will listen to the American people and Congress and sign this bill to prevent further abuses that jeopardize the integrity of our judicial system.”