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Report: Deal Near to Allow Vote on Lynch for Attorney General

By    |   Monday, 20 Apr 2015 09:01 PM

One-hundred sixty-four days and counting — but on Monday night, a vote was close for President Barack Obama's attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch, CNN reported.

Lawmakers were finally closing in on an agreement on abortion language in an anti-human trafficking bill that has stalled the vote on Lynch, who would be the nation's first black woman to head the Department of Justice.

"We're still talking, and I think we're getting closer, but we're not quite done yet,"  Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas told CNN. Added Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota: "We're very close in the negotiations."

Senate leaders are expected to talk about the emerging compromise at their respective party lunches Tuesday afternoon, CNN reported.

The roadblock has been the contentious language that prevents restitution funds paid to sex trafficking victims from being used to pay for abortions.

Democrats blocked the bill's move forward until the language is removed.

CNN noted that even with an agreement, it's not clear how long it'll take to finish the bill. Despite some GOP critics of Lynch, CNN reported that it's expected she'll have enough votes to be confirmed.

Earlier Monday, Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan called the delay "politics at its worst," CNN reported.

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One-hundred sixty-four days and counting — but on Monday night, a vote was close for President Barack Obama's attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch, CNN reported.
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