Senate Democrats are putting pressure on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring a vote to the Senate floor to confirm Attorney General-nominee Loretta Lynch.
Forty-six senators, including all 44 Democrats and independent Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Angus King of Maine, all sent a letter to the majority leader on Thursday making their request regarding Lynch's nomination, CBS News is reporting.
"As our nation's top law enforcement official, the attorney general plays a pivotal role in administering our nation's laws and protecting our national security," the senators wrote.
"This is why the Senate, regardless of the party in control, has historically given swift consideration to attorney general nominees. We ask you to similarly consider Ms. Lynch's nomination without further delay," they said.
"No one questions that Ms. Lynch is qualified and ready to serve, yet we are troubled that her nomination continues to languish on the Senate floor," they added.
It's been 117 days since Lynch was nominated by President Barack Obama to replace Attorney General Eric Holder, the letter notes.
The Senate Judiciary Committee
approved Lynch's nomination on Feb. 26, 12-8, which included all the Democrats on the committee along with three Republicans supporting Lynch's nomination to head the Justice Department.
Confirmation hearings for Lynch were held by the Judiciary Committee in late January.
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