Washington finally got something done!
The Senate announced Tuesday that it had reached a “bipartisan” deal on a controversial anti-human trafficking bill, which had previously stalled the vote to confirm attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch. The move will effectively clear the way for Lynch to move forward into office, following her nomination announcement by President Barack Obama more than 159 days ago.
Democrats had been filibustering the anti-trafficking bill since late February over abortion restrictions embedded within it. As a result, Republicans retaliated with a vow to not move forward with Lynch’s confirmation until a deal was reached.
President Obama called the delay “embarrassing,” noting “there are times where the dysfunction in the Senate goes just too far. This is an example of it,” he said.
But Tuesday brought “really good news,” as Democratic leader Harry Reid said.
“This compromise is evidence that when Republicans and Democrats sit down together and work toward a solution, great things can happen,” Reid said.
Sure, great things can definitely happen in Washington … after months of stubbornness and temper tantrums.
Lynch’s ardent supporters, including a group that staged hunger strikes and launched a massive social media drive to force the GOP to confirm her, will likely be thrilled with the announcement.
The group previously accused the GOP of holding up her nomination vote because of race and gender issues.
“If it looks like a duck and talks like a duck it’s a duck. The duck is that she’s being treated differently. That’s a standard that allows some people to call this both racist and sexist,” Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner told reporters earlier this year.