U.S. Senate leaders have announced a deal has been reached on a long-stalled human trafficking bill. This sets up a vote to confirm Loretta Lynch as attorney general later this week, The Hill reports.
Pressure has been building on Republicans for weeks to move Lynch, who has been waiting for a floor vote 54 days since passing out the Senate Judiciary Committee.
A senior Democratic aide said the precise timing for Lynch will depend on how many amendments rank-and-file Republicans want to vote on related to the trafficking bill.
“They have to keep their amendments down,” the aide said of the prospect of Republicans voting on Lynch by Wednesday.
Five Republicans have voiced their support for Lynch, who would become the first African-American woman to serve as attorney general, giving her 51 votes, just enough, to win confirmation.
She would become the nation’s 83rd attorney general.