The Washington Times, among others, are reporting that the “Al Sharpton group stages hunger strike for Loretta Lynch confirmation.” Loretta Lynch is the President’s nomination to replace Eric Holder as the head of the Department of Justice. Her nomination passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee by a vote of 12 – 8 including the yes votes of 3 Republicans, Orrin Hatch, Jeff Flake and Lindsey Graham. The final vote on her confirmation has been held in the Senate since February 26th.
In this CNN report, President Obama had this to say about the delay in the final vote “There are times where the dysfunction in the Senate just goes too far. This is an example of it” and “Enough is Enough. Call Loretta Lynch for a vote, get her confirmed, let her do her job. This is embarrassing.“
What’s not being widely reported is the reason that the final vote on Ms Lynch’s confirmation has held up. The Republican in the Senate are withholding a vote in order to combat the Democrats filibuster on S.178 of the 114th Congress or the “Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015.” The bill was designed to provide extra funding for those that had been victims of human trafficking.
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