Newspaper article Roll Call

A New Delay for Loretta Lynch?

Newspaper article Roll Call

A New Delay for Loretta Lynch?

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Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday that he doesn't plan on turning the Senate's attention to the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as attorney general until resolving a stalemate over anti- human trafficking legislation.

The human trafficking debate was supposed to be the bipartisan one, with the bill having already won unanimous support in the Judiciary Committee, but it has since been beguiled by a fight over whether to apply language barring the use of funds for abortion.

"I had hoped to turn to her next week, but if we can't finish the trafficking bill, she will be put off again," McConnell said of the Lynch nomination on CNN's "State of the Union."

The Kentucky Republican also said that Lynch remains in line behind the trafficking bill, with consideration of the fiscal 2016 budget resolution to follow before the scheduled two-week recess. The Senate has been working through several lower-profile nominations by consent while the trafficking bill has been sitting on the floor, and it is possible to dual-track nominations and legislation.

"If they want to have time to turn to the attorney general next week, we need to finish up this human trafficking bill. It's extremely important for the country," McConnell said, adding in response to a question that the possibility of a further delay of Lynch's confirmation was "not a threat. …

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