Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate, on Wednesday raised the specter of civil rights era racism while criticizing Republicans for holding up a confirmation vote on attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch.
“Loretta Lynch, the first African-American woman nominated to be attorney general, is asked to sit in the back of the bus when it comes to the Senate calendar,” he said
. “That is unfair, it’s unjust, it is beneath the decorum and dignity of the United States Senate.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has vowed to punt the confirmation vote until Democrats relent on a human trafficking bill. Though the trafficking bill sailed through committee, it has since been hamstrung by Democrats who spotted an extraneous provision restricting abortion funding.
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