An Anti-Trafficking Bill Is Stopping The Loretta Lynch Attorney General Vote
Loretta Lynch is now getting a taste of just how — erm — “productive” Congress is. The decision to elect Lynch as our nation’s first Black female Attorney General remains in limbo as Democrats and Republicans have a stand-off over an anti-trafficking bill, Politico reports.
The anti-trafficking bill is at an impasse with a 55-43 tally. With 60 votes needed, the proposed law didn’t advance for passage in the Senate because Democrats disputed anti-abortion provisions in the bill. (And what are anti-abortion provisions doing in a bill to stop criminals from, as one Democrat put it, “selling kids into sex slaver”? Good question.) In retaliation, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, warned that Lynch’s Attorney General vote will be delayed.
Minority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, called McConnell’s move “beyond irresponsible.”
Since McConnell is Majority leader, he controls the schedule. In McConnell’s eyes, if the Democrats want the privilege of voting Loretta Lynch into power, the Democrats will have to accept the abortion provisions whether they like it or not.
Lynch, President Barack Obama’s nominee for Attorney General since Nov. 8, has seen her support crumble the longer her confirmation vote remains on the calendar, Washington Times reports.
“The chief law enforcement officer of our country is being detained because of this fight between us, Democrats and Republicans, over whether abortion should be in this bill,” Reid said on the Senate floor, according to Bloomberg Politics.
“The American people will not forget it,” Mr. McConnell vowed, referring to the Democrat’s filibuster.
Not so fast McConnell. The American people seem to be peeved about the Majority leader’s postponement of the Lynch vote. A diverse coalition from North Carolina have banded together to travel to D.C. to demand that they make Lynch our next Attorney General.
The group is directing their displeasure to their Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis; both revealed that they do not intend on voting for Lynch “even though she is a highly qualified prosecutor, and a native of North Carolina,” a press release said.
“His treatment of our sister has been shameful,” said Rev. Dr. Barber, North Carolina’s NAACP president, who is leading the assembly.
The group will meet Senator Burr in his office on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.
We’ve got your back, Lynch!