The U.S. Senate majority leader said on Sunday he would not schedule a vote to confirm President Barack Obama’s nominee for attorney general, Loretta Lynch, until Democrats stop blocking an unrelated human trafficking bill.
Republican Senator Mitch McConnell told CNN he had planned to take up Lynch’s nomination this week but may put it off if an anti-human trafficking measure does not pass first.
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Feb. 26 voted in favor of Lynch to replace Attorney General Eric Holder, clearing the way for her expected confirmation in the full Senate.
But even the committee vote had fallen victim to partisan bickering. Senate Republicans delayed a scheduled vote on her nomination last month to scrutinize Lynch’s record, in particular her support of the Obama administration’s executive actions on immigration.
“I think the attorney general nominee is suffering from the president’s actions, there’s no question about it,” McConnell said.