03/10/2015 03:21 pm ET Updated Mar 10, 2015

Senate To Vote Next Week On Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch

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WASHINGTON -- The Senate will vote next week on U.S. attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday.

Democrats have been complaining for weeks about Republicans slow-walking Lynch's nomination. She was nominated in November, at which point Republicans insisted that President Barack Obama wait until 2015 to submit her nomination. They waited until February to hold her hearing, and then delayed her committee vote by two weeks. It's now been two weeks since her nomination was voted out of committee.

Nearly all Democrats sent a letter to McConnell last week demanding that Lynch be given a vote. Her nomination has been pending for more than 120 days, which makes her the longest-pending U.S. attorney general nominee in three decades.

If confirmed, Lynch will make history as the first female African-American attorney general.



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