nomination is an insult to every person who is committed to our nation's
promise of equal justice for all."
Ralph Neas, president, People for the American Way -- statement Dec. 22, 2000
outrageous for President-elect Bush to select someone who has consistently
opposed civil rights and affirmative action to be responsible for enforcing
the nation's laws. Ashcroft has one of the Senate's most negative
voting records on civil rights."
Kweisi Mfume, president and
CEO, NAACP --
Ashcroft is a man of integrity, who has consistently demonstrated that
he believes in limited government and a free market. We applaud his
National Taxpayers Union -- release Dec. 22, 2000
Ashcroft is a shrewd move to appeal to the Republican ultra-conservative
wing by putting one of their own in a position to do the most harm to a
woman's right to choose."
Reverend Carlton W. Veazey, president, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice -- statement Dec. 22, 2000
Ed Meese would the U.S. have an Attorney General as hostile to a woman's
right to choose. This appointment signals Bush's down payment on
his IOU to the anti-choice hardliners."
Kate Michelman, president, NARAL -- statement Dec. 22, 2000
Ashcroft is a man of impeccable integrity and principle... He has
a keen understanding of the law and the constitution and has a profound
respect for the rule of law."
Jay Sekulow, chief counsel, American Center for Law and Justice -- release Dec. 22, 2000
a Religious Right favorite for attorney general, the president-elect has
shown his true colors. This nomination may please television evangelists
like Robertson and Jerry Falwell, but it's a disaster for anyone who cares
about maintaining constitutional principles."
Barry W. Lynn, executive director, Americans United for Separation of Church and State -- release Dec. 22, 2000
nomination is a nightmare for civil libertarians and state-church separationists...
He was the architect of the 'charitable choice' provision for the 1996
welfare reform act, and he, Bush and the rest of this new administration
seek to widen the scope of those unconstitutional policies."
Ellen Johnson, president, American Atheists, Inc.-- release Jan. 3, 2001
Ashcroft...has a long record of support for the restoration of the right
to life to the unborn. His career has been a distinguished one and he is
widely recognized as a Godly man whose integrity is beyond question."
Republican National Coalition for Life -- FaxNotes Dec. 29, 2000
Ashcroft will place the health and welfare of the NRA and its gun industry
allies over that of the American public. What this means is simple:
more assault weapons, less vigorous enforcement of federal gun laws, and
a rollback of the Brady law. The Senate should not approve his nomination."
Kristen Rand, legislative director, Violence Policy Center -- release Jan. 4, 2001
||Secretary of the Interior|
of Gale Norton amounts to a declaration of war on the environment."
Dr. Brent Blackwelder, president, Friends of the Earth -- release, Jan. 2, 2001
working for James Watt, the worst Interior Secretary we have ever had,
Gale Norton has taken numerous positions that most conservationists disagree
Rebecca Wodder, president,
American Rivers --
forward to working with Interior Secretary-Designate Norton on fine-tuning
the implementation of the Endangered Species Act so that it properly protects
species without unnecessarily disrupting economic growth."
Robert Mitchell, president, National Association of Home Builders -- statement Dec. 29, 2000
Bush has nominated someone whose environmental ethic is a throwback to
the James Watt era -- one of the darkest periods of natural resource exploitation."
Deb Callahan, president, League of Conservation Voters -- Jan. 2, 2001
||Secretary of HHS|
Governor Thompson to head HHS, President Bush [sic] has chosen one of this
nation's staunchest opponents of a woman's right to choose to head the
agency with the greatest impact on women's health."
Kate Michelman, president, NARAL -- statement Dec. 28, 2000
optimistic as Gov. Thompson brings a wealth of experience and a track record
of achievement in the pro-life arena to his new endeavor..."
Ken Conner, Family Research Council -- statement Dec. 29, 2000
||Secretary of Labor|
an insult to American working men and women to put an avowed opponent of
the most basic worker's rights in charge of enforcing the federal laws
and regulations that protect workers' wages, employment and pension rights,
equal employment opportunity and other programs for advancement."
John J. Sweeney, president, AFL-CIO -- statement Jan. 2, 2001
her career, Linda Chavez has demonstrated a deep commitment to public service
and a strong grasp of the issues that will serve her well as she seeks
to address the needs of the 21st century workforce."
NAM President Jerry Jasinowski, president, National Association of Manufacturers -- release Jan. 2, 2001
||Secretary of Defense|
Bush's selection of former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, whose
revolving-door connections to the military-industrial complex and opposition
to any meaningful disarmament efforts are weell documented, is a major
disaster. Rumsfeld, unless opposed, will help launch a new arms race
by pursuing the National Missile Defense program.
Physicians for Social Responsibility -- release Jan. 2, 2001
||Secretary of Energy|
with an energy crunch, Abraham fought for more gas-guzzling SUVs
and let oil companies drill public lands at fire-sale prices. Americans' broad support for clean air and water makes the environment the perfect test of President-elect Bush's pledge to heal the nation's wounds. If you're looking to unify the nation, Senator Abraham is absolutely the wrong choice to guide our energy policy."
Carl Pope, executive director, Sierra Club -- statement Jan. 2, 2001
stunned by President-elect Bush's appointment of Abraham, a member of LCV's
2000 Dirty Dozen list, and our number one target for defeat last year...
He even co-sponsored a bill to abolish the very department he's been nominated
Deb Callahan, president, League of Conservation Voters -- release Jan. 2, 2001
Bush's nomination of Senator Spencer Abraham to be Secretary of Energy
is good news for America's consumers. Secretary- designate Abraham’s
strong pro-energy record in the Senate was based on understanding that
our economic prosperity has been built on abundant supplies of inexpensive
Myron Ebell, Director of Global Warming & International Environmental Policy, Competitive Enterprise Institute -- statement Jan. 3, 2001
record is entirely composed of anti-environmental votes in the last congress,
particularly in the area of energy... Abraham voted to increase special
subsidies to the oil industry, and took positions against renewable energy
and fuel efficiency standards. Consistently siding with the oil and
coal industries, Abraham voted to open up the Arctic National Wildlife
refuge to oil exploration and to continue blowing apart mountains for coal
in violation of the Clean Water Act."
Friends of the Earth -- statement Jan. 2, 2001