Attorney General Eric Holder is enjoying an unexpected extension of his tenure as Republicans delay a vote on the confirmation
of his nominated successor in a clash with Democrats over the passage of an unrelated bill.
According to CNN
, Republicans are refusing to vote on the confirmation of Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch unless Democrats agree to accept an abortion measure that is tacked on to a bill aimed at stemming human trafficking.
"These should be my closing days," Holder joked in a speech recently, according to CNN. "Given the Senate's delays in scheduling Loretta Lynch's nomination for a vote, it's almost as if the Republicans in Congress have discovered a new fondness for me. Where was all this affection the last six years?"
Holder currently has negative favorability ratings among those who know of him, a new CNN/ORC poll found. Specifically, 29 percent of Americans hold a favorable view compared to 35 percent who have an unfavorable view.
Thirty-six percent of those surveyed have never heard of him.
Republicans have been at odds with Holder from early in his tenure, battling over everything from national security to gun rights, CNN noted. He became the first sitting Cabinet member to be held in contempt of Congress in a dispute over the administration's records related to the Fast and Furious gun operation.
With each passing day, Holder is getting a step closer to becoming one of the longest-serving attorneys general, currently ranking as the third all-time.
Lynch is expected to win Senate approval when her confirmation is ultimately voted on, CNN reported.
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