Sen. Dick Durbin: GOP Making Loretta Lynch ‘Sit in the Back of the Bus’
Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) took to the floor on Wednesday and upped the rhetoric against a Republican Party that has continued to block a confirmation vote for Loretta Lynch, who President Barack Obama nominated to succeed Attorney General Eric Holder more than four months ago.
“There is no substantive reason to stop this nomination,” Durbin said during his floor speech, calling out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for saying he would not allow a vote on Lynch’s confirmation under the Senate passes a bill on human trafficking laws.
“And so, 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,” Durbin added. “That is unfair. It’s unjust. It is beneath the decorum and dignity of the United States Senate. This woman deserves fairness.”
Essentially, Durbin accused the Republican Party of treating Lynch like Rosa Parks.
Shortly after Lynch’s nomination was announced, GOP Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee pushed to make sure her confirmation was held until the new Republican-led Senate took over in January. But now that the new Congress has been in office for more than two months, Lynch does not appear to be any closer to taking over for Holder.
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