Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday he may postpone a planned vote on attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch if lawmakers cannot come to agreement on a stalled human trafficking bill.
McConnell, appearing on CNN's "State of the Union," said Democrats are blocking the bill even though they supported the same language in identical legislation that passed in December, and which cleared a Senate committee on March 2.
"I had hoped to turn to her next week," McConnell said of the Lynch nomination. "But, if we cannot finish the trafficking bill, she will be put off again."
Democrats are opposed to a provision in the trafficking bill that would prohibit use of restitution funds for obtaining abortions. Democrats didn't notice the language until the legislation was on the Senate floor, but now they want McConnell to take the language out of the bill. They are threatening to filibuster the bill in a key vote scheduled for Tuesday.