Senate reportedly reaches deal to vote on Loretta Lynch confirmation

Senate reportedly reaches deal to vote on Loretta Lynch confirmation

The Senate plans to vote in the next day or two on confirming Loretta Lynch as the first black woman to serve as U.S. attorney general.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday they had reached a compromise on an unrelated human-trafficking bill that Republicans have insisted on completing before the chamber will vote on Lynch’s confirmation.

“As soon as we finish the trafficking bill, as I’ve indicated for some time now, we’ll move to the president’s nominee for attorney general — hopefully in the next day or so,” McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said on the Senate floor Tuesday.

Democrats had objected to anti-abortion language in the measure intended to combat human trafficking, and that dispute has held up the Lynch confirmation for weeks. She was nominated Nov. 8 by President Barack Obama.

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