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Cotton in the minority against new head of Library of Congress

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CARLA HAYDEN: To head Library of Congress.
  • CARLA HAYDEN: To head Library of Congress.
It's never too late to point out another example of Sen. Tom Cotton's inability to play well with others.

This week, the Senate voted 74-18 to confirm Carla Hayden as the new head of the Library of Congress. She will be the first black and first woman to hold the post and comes from head of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore.

Cotton was among the 18 who opposed Hayden, whose confirmation had been held up for weeks despite a unanimous vote of approval in the Republican-controlled committee that recommended her confirmation. They apparently had concerns about positions she'd taken as head of the American Library Association 13 years ago. Librarians, generally in favor of the free exchange of information, are often viewed as radicals by conservatives on that count.

A single Republican was responsible for the long hold on Hayden, but that senator's identity hasn't been revealed. Cotton has been the singular holdout on some other appointments, however, including some key judgeships.




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