The chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus said that race is a factor in Senate Republicans’ delaying a confirmation vote on President Barack Obama’s attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch, The Hill newspaper reported Tuesday.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is holding up Lynch’s confirmation vote while he pushes for a bill to end human trafficking, which Democrats filibustered because it prevents some restitution money for human trafficking victims from funding abortions.
Congressional Black Caucus chairman G.K. Butterfield told reporters on a conference call Tuesday that race is a factor in the delay.
“One must wonder: What are the reasons?” said Butterfield. “I think race certainly can be considered as a major factor and the reason for this delay, but it’s also the irrationality of the new Republicans.”
The Daily Caller reported that Lynch is a Harvard sorority sister of outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder’s wife. Lynch has said that being tough on crime means being tough on blacks.