Thursday, April 23, 2015

Senate Confirms Loretta Lynch as Attorney General


BREAKING NEWS:  After a lengthy confirmation delays, the U.S. Senate today approved Loretta E. Lynch to be attorney general. She is the first African-American woman to hold the position.  The delay, which is explained in the article above, is the second longest delay in the confirmation of the Attorney General in U.S. history.

Lynch, the United States attorney for the Eastern District of New York, was confirmed 56 to 43, with 10 Republicans voting for her. Her confirmation took longer than that for all but two other nominees for the office: Edwin Meese III, who was nominated by President Ronald Reagan, and A. Mitchell Palmer, who was picked by President Woodrow Wilson.

Republicans longed to replace Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., and they agreed that Ms. Lynch was qualified for the job. But many opposed her because Lynch defended President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and majority leader, had held up the nomination until the Senate voted on a human trafficking bill, a process that lasted weeks. The Senate passed the bill yesterday by a vote of 99 to 0.

The Attorney General, of course, heads the Executive Office for Immigration Review, which includes both the immigration courts and Board of Immigration Appeals.


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