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Senate To Vote Next Week On Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch

Loretta Lynch, Brooklyn prosecutor and nominee to replace U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, speaks during a Senate Judiciary
Loretta Lynch, Brooklyn prosecutor and nominee to replace U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee nomination hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Lynch said that if confirmed as the next U.S. attorney general she would focus on battling cybercrime and improving relations between police and the communities they serve. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

WASHINGTON -- The Senate will vote next week on U.S. attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday.

Democrats have been complaining for weeks about Republicans slow-walking Lynch's nomination. She was nominated in November, at which point Republicans insisted that President Barack Obama wait until 2015 to submit her nomination. They waited until February to hold her hearing, and then delayed her committee vote by two weeks. It's now been two weeks since her nomination was voted out of committee.

Nearly all Democrats sent a letter to McConnell last week demanding that Lynch be given a vote. Her nomination has been pending for more than 120 days, which makes her the longest-pending U.S. attorney general nominee in three decades.

If confirmed, Lynch will make history as the first female African-American attorney general.

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