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Public Statements

Nomination Of Dawn Johnsen

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. CANTOR. Mr. Speaker, I rise today with deep and growing concern over President Obama's nomination of Dawn Johnsen to head up the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel. My worry isn't merely her position on the question of life. It's that she routinely has taken hard-line stances and made extreme statements that cast doubt on her fitness to manage the power entrusted to her in a responsible way.

Ms. Johnsen has claimed that abortion restrictions ``reduce pregnant women to no more than fetal container.'' Her arguments have compared pro-life advocates to the KKK and pregnancy to slavery.

The Office of Legal Counsel does not need an activist. It needs someone with a temperament to accurately inform the administration on the legality of policies being contemplated.

I encourage Members of the Senate, including my Senator from Virginia, Senator Webb, to vote against this nomination.

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