Skip to content

Loretta Lynch Confirmation Expected Next Week

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch will likely see a confirmation vote next week, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell indicated to reporters Tuesday, capping a saga that has seen her bid to be the first African-American woman in the position tied up in immigration politics.  

“I think we’ll be dealing with the attorney general nomination next week,” the Kentucky Republican said. Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., pronounced himself “happy” at the news and said he hopes that’s the case.  

But Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York, the No. 3 Democrat who has acted as Lynch’s Sherpa, expressed some concern that there could be a repeat of insurgent Republicans defying McConnell and trying to block his move to bring up her nomination.  

Specifically, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has proposed blocking Lynch and most other nominees over President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration. But Cruz’s proposal doesn’t seem to be getting much traction with leadership.  

The 114th: CQ Roll Call’s Guide to the New Congress

Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call in your inbox or on your iPhone.

Recent Stories

Supreme Court to decide if government can regulate ‘ghost guns’

Voters got first true 2024 week with Trump on trial, Biden on the trail

Supreme Court to hear oral arguments on abortion and Trump

House passes $95.3B aid package for Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan

Senate sends surveillance reauthorization bill to Biden’s desk

Five races to watch in Pennsylvania primaries on Tuesday