GOP May Delay Lynch Vote Until Next Month; Democrats Complain


The Senate debate on confirming Loretta Lynch as Attorney General is getting partisan and may be delayed until next month, Politico reports. Democrats are slamming the Republicans' handling of President Obama's nominee, complaining that the veteran federal prosecutor's confirmation is being slow-walked by Republicans. The Senate Judiciary Committee could clear Lynch's nomination as early as Thursday, but the vote will almost certainly be delayed until the end of this month, meaning she won't get a final floor vote until March.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nv.) said Lynch has waited longer for a vote than any attorney general nominee in three decades. Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), a critic of Attorney General Eric Holder, said he was undecided on whether he would support Lynch but sent a strong signal that he was not pleased with the federal prosecutor's responses so far. “She needs to show me and a lot of other members that she's going to be a different attorney general than Holder,” Grassley said. “I haven't come to that conclusion that she has, and that's what I'm looking for.” Grassley will send follow-up queries to her.

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