Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) voted last night to shut up a Democratic colleague for reading a letter written by civil rights activist Coretta Scott King.
Senator Elizabeth Warren read the letter as part of a speech against the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions as attorney general.
“Mr. Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters,” Warren read from King’s 1986 letter.
Hoeven was one of 49 Republicans who voted to cut short Warren’s speech and formally silence her for the rest of Sessions’s nomination process on the basis that she “impugned the motives and conduct of our colleague from Alabama.”
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) was one of 43 Senators who voted to let Warren speak.