The finish line is in sight for attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch. After more than 120 days, the Senate will vote on her nomination sometime next week, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said yesterday.
If confirmed, Lynch would replace current Attorney General Eric Holder, who announced his resignation last September, and become the first Black woman to hold the position.
Lynch’s preliminary hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee was marked by fierce opposition from GOP leaders who questioned her pro-immigration stance. Regardless, the committee approved her nomination in late February in a 12-8 vote with three Republicans voting in her favor. Democrats are hoping that next week’s vote will be swift.
“We hope we won’t see a replay on Loretta Lynch because [Republicans] care about repealing the president on immigration,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told TIME. “No one has objected to anything about Loretta Lynch, her character, her history, what she’s done as U.S. Attorney.”