Blumenthal Statement On McConnell Delay Of Loretta Lynch Confirmation Vote

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) today released the following statement after Senator Mitch McConnell announced that he will delay the Senate vote to confirm Loretta Lynch as the next U.S. Attorney General until the human trafficking bill is passed:

Senator McConnell's threat to delay again Loretta Lynch's confirmation is abjectly antithetical to the goal of stopping human trafficking. If Republicans really want to end sex exploitation and trafficking, they should confirm the chief law enforcement official responsible for fighting it. The Senate is perfectly capable of filling this crucial position--the top law enforcement job in the nation--even as it debates trafficking legislation. Holding the Lynch nomination hostage is flatly wrong-- a cynical excuse to stop a well-qualified, historic public servant from getting to work protecting the American people after virtually unprecedented delay.