03.16.15

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, On the Senate Republicans’ Continued Delay in Considering the Nomination of Loretta Lynch to be Attorney General

“Loretta Lynch has been confirmed by the Senate twice before to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, where she has had an impeccable record for prosecuting terrorists and criminals. When she is finally confirmed to be the Attorney General of the United States, Loretta Lynch will be the first African American woman to serve as the country’s chief law enforcement officer.  Unfortunately, rather than move forward with this historic nomination, Senate Republicans appear intent on making history for all the wrong reasons.  No Attorney General nomination in our history has ever been met with a filibuster, and none in the last three decades have waited as long as Ms. Lynch for a confirmation vote.
 
“The Senate can debate legislation and vote on nominations at the same time – and to say otherwise is merely a hollow excuse.  We did just that last Thursday, when we voted on four other executive nominations while we were on the human trafficking bill and we will vote on two more executive nominations Monday evening.  The Majority Leader should add to Monday’s schedule a vote to confirm Loretta Lynch.  Both she and the American people have waited long enough for the Senate to act.”
 

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