Senate Passes Trafficking Bill and Gets Ready to (Finally) Vote on Loretta Lynch Tomorrow

Loretta Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, speaks at a press conference to announce a 20-count indictment against U.S. Representative Michael Grimm (R-NY, 11th District) on April 28, 2014 in New York City. Grimm's indictments include wire fraud, mail fraud, conspiring to defraud the United States, impeding the Internal Revenue Service, hiring and employing unauthorized aliens, and health care fraud.
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The Senate passed the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act 99–0 on Wednesday, which means that the legislative body will now finally vote on whether to confirm Loretta Lynch, a federal prosecutor from Brooklyn, as the new attorney general. She was first nominated by the White House on November 8, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wanted to resolve a monthlong fight over an anti-abortion provision in the trafficking bill before her confirmation would be put to a vote (a decision many on the left and right questioned). A perfect legislative compromise was reached that left both sides thinking the bill was less than perfect, but good enough. It seems like the votes to confirm Lynch are there, which means Attorney General Eric Holder might get to take a break soon — leaving only two members of Obama’s original cabinet behind. 

Senate Passes Trafficking Bill