After engaging in a record delay of a confirmation vote on the nomination of Loretta Lynch for Attorney General, Loretta Lynch Confirmation Vote Deadlock a US Postwar First, I am sure the Beltway media villagers will now spin yet another fable about how bipartisan cooperation is breaking out in the Capitol, Bipartisanship breaks out on Capitol Hill _ at least for now, with news that the Senate has reached deal to vote on AG nominee Loretta Lynch:
“I’m glad we can say there is a bipartisan proposal that will allow us to complete action on this legislation so we can provide help to the victims who desperately need it,” Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced on the Senate floor.
“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 in the next day or so,” he added.
Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) said he expected final passage of the anti-trafficking bill “by tomorrow.”
Cornyn and Democratic Conference Secretary Patty Murray (Wash.) negotiated compromise language on abortion to spring the trafficking bill from a stalemate.
The agreement calls for funding a domestic trafficking victims’ fund with federal dollars appropriated by Congress and money collected from criminal offenders, preserving the prohibition on federal funds being used to pay for abortion services but not expanding it.
“I’m thrilled we were finally able to come together to break the impasse over this vital legislation, and I look forward to swift passage in the Senate so we can ensure victims of human trafficking receive the resources they need to restore their lives,” Cornyn said.
Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nev.), who helped hash out the deal, claimed victory.
“After weeks of stalling on the bipartisan human trafficking bill, our Republican colleagues have agreed not to expand the scope of the Hyde language,” he said.
However, Reid warned that “although we have an agreement on the legislation we’re not out of the woods yet.” He noted Democrats want to debate all amendments that get made to the bill.
The White House also said it could back the deal.
Press secretary Josh Earnest said the fact that Democratic supporters of abortion rights, such as Sen. Patty Murray, are backing it is an “encouraging sign.” Planned Parenthood says Dems ‘held the line’ in abortion fight .
“If we see strong Democratic support … then that certainly seems like the kind of thing that the president would support,” Earnest said.
The agreement on human trafficking sets up a vote on Lynch Wednesday or Thursday.
Pressure has been building on Republicans for weeks to move Lynch, who has been waiting for a floor vote 54 days since passing out the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Five Republicans have voiced their support for Lynch, who would become the first African-American woman to serve as attorney general, giving her 51 votes, just enough, to win confirmation.
She would become the nation’s 83rd attorney general.
Earnest urged the Senate to move quickly toward confirming Lynch.
“I would encourage them once again, after 164 days of delay, to move forward with her confirmation,” he said.
Lynch has struggled to pick up Republican support, with the vast majority of GOP senators opposing her simply because she views Obama’s actions on immigration as legal [because they are], WHIP LIST: Lynch poised to squeak through Senate, even though she is untainted by scandal, questions about her qualifications, or extreme ideological views.
The Septuagenarian Ninja Turtle, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Tuesday that he’s “happy” with his strategy to link the bill to curb human trafficking to Loretta Lynch’s attorney general nomination. McConnell ‘happy’ with Lynch strategy. Riiiight.
President Barack Obama blasted the Senate last Friday for stalling on the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be the next attorney general, the longest wait for a nominee to lead the Justice Department in three decades. Obama on Loretta Lynch delay: Embarrassing – CNN.com:
“Enough. Enough. Call Loretta Lynch for a vote, get her confirmed, let her do her job. This is embarrassing.”
“There are times where the dysfunction in the Senate just goes too far,” the President added. “This is an example of it.”
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) last week threatened a parliamentary move to force a vote on Loretta Lynch. Sen. Harry Reid threatens to force vote on Loretta Lynch:
“We’ve put up with this for too long. And we’re going to need to have a vote on her very soon that’s created by [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell, or I’ll create one,” Reid said in an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. “I can still do that. I know parliamentary procedure around here and we’re going to put up with this for a little while longer but not much.”
Sounds to me as if Harry Reid won again, and the Turtle Man caved under pressure for his mistreatment of Loretta Lynch.