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Republicans Play Politics With Attorney General Nomination

March 15, 2015

So the Republicans told voters last November they wanted to win the majority in the U.S. Senate to stop the gridlock and move the nation’s business forward.   Well, now they have again stepped away from their pledge and are demonstrating what we have known all along.  Some things never change with the GOP.

There is absolutely no reason that the final vote for the confirmation for attorney general should not take place.    When a president wants a certain person to fill a cabinet position, barring some legal or ethical reason, the congress should agree–and do so in a most timely fashion.

This weekend I am spending a large part of my reading time back in the 1830’s.   Yesterday I was reading about the nomination of Francis Scott Key to be Attorney for the United States for the District of Columbia.   On January 29, 1833 President Jackson sent the clerk of the senate a message of the nomination.  Later that day by unanimous consent the matter was handled by the senate. 

This morning I read the headlines from Washington and again find how far adrift Republicans are from responding to the open desks needing to be filled. 

From CNN.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell today said he plans to hold up a vote on the confirmation of attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch until the Senate passes a now-controversial human trafficking bill.

“This will have an impact on the timing of considering a new attorney general,” McConnell told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union.” “I had hoped to turn to her next week, but if we can’t finish the trafficking bill, she will be put off again.”

A spokesman for Minority Leader Harry Reid slammed McConnell for holding up Lynch’s nomination.

“There is nothing stopping the Senate from confirming Lynch and continuing to debate the trafficking bill this week, except Senator McConnell’s unwillingness to bring her nomination up for a vote,” spokesman Adam Jentleson said in a statement. “No more excuses, no more delays. Confirm Loretta Lynch now.”

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