U.S. attorney general vote delayed as Senate fights over human trafficking bill

03/17/2015 01:24 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. — It has been six months since current Attorney General Eric Holder announced he would resign his post as the head of the Justice Department, but a contentious Congress is still keeping a nominee from assuming the role.

Holder’s proposed successor, Loretta Lynch, faces yet another hurdle this week at a confirmation as U.S. Senate Democrats and Republicans square off over abortion politics.

On Tuesday, Senate Democrats blocked an anti-human trafficking bill from debate over an amendment which prohibits federal funds from being used for abortions.

The dispute has put Lynch’s nomination on hold as Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell told reporters he will not hold a vote on the attorney general position until the Senate completes a human trafficking bill.

Time Warner Cable News’ Geoff Bennett reports from the Washington, D.C., Bureau.

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