As of last week, he had successfully prevented as many as 11 nominations from going to a Senate floor vote.
Senator Gardner is sticking to his word, and is receiving blow-back from US AG Jeff Sessions, who calls the confirmation delay "frustrating".
After the White House meeting, Mark Holden, the senior vice president and general counsel of Koch Industries, told CNN that Sessions "is totally on board" with prison reform, but Holden suggested that broader criminal justice reform efforts might need to be done gradually to satisfy Sessions and other holdouts.More news: Ruthless India aim for 5-1 finish against SA in 6th ODI
In an interview with The Associated Press, Gardner said Thursday that he's discussed the issue with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and has been pleased with progress so far.
Gardner's office has since responded to Sessions' comments. Skip to 13:36 or so. Department leaders have "shown in good faith their willingness to provide what I think will be hopefully the protections we sought, and as sort of a good faith gesture on my behalf I'll be releasing a limited number of nominees", Gardner said. That includes a new head of our Criminal Division, our Civil Rights Division, and our National Security Division.
Sessions is a staunch opponent of "sanctuary cities" across the nation, and Philadelphia has frequently found itself in resistance with the attorney general's policies. I don't have the authority to say that something is legal when it is illegal-even if I wanted to. "But because right now one senator's concerns over unrelated issues - like reversing federal law against marijuana - we can't even get a vote". Marijuana is illegal in the United States-even in Colorado, California, and everywhere else in America.More news: Lebanon tells USA committed to calm at southern border
"I have not changed my decision to hold these nominations until we have a commitment that lives up to what I believe was given to me prior to the confirmation", Gardner said. Safety and security are just too important.
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