THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Vice
|For Immediate Release
STATEMENT BY THE VICE PRESIDENT
join the Asian Pacific American Community in calling on the Republican Majority
to immediately schedule a vote on the confirmation of Bill Lann Lee as
Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights.
Some 20 months ago the
President nominated Mr. Lee to be the top civil rights enforcer in this nation,
but the Republican Majority continues to hold his nomination hostage, simply
because he agrees with the ideas and policies of this Administration. This is
unfair treatment of a qualified individual who deserves his day before the
Senate of the United States.
disputes the fact that Mr. Lee is qualified for the job. In the last two years
as Acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, Mr. Lee has done a
tremendous job in fighting for equality and opportunity for all Americans. He's
been a strong and effective advocate in such areas as disability rights,
housing discrimination, worker exploitation and hate crimes.
recent incidents of violent hate crimes, now more than ever we need our top
civil rights officer confirmed and fully installed in the post of Assistant
Attorney General for Civil Rights.
I am proud to
stand with the Asian Pacific American Community, and indeed the vast coalition
of Hispanic, African-American, disabilities, religious, and civil rights
organizations that support Bill Lann Lee to be our Assistant Attorney General
for Civil Rights.
Lee, the Clinton/Gore Administration's nominee for the highest civil rights
post in the nation deserves a full and fair debate in the Senate.