It has been over 130 days since Loretta Lynch was nominated for Attorney General of the United States by President Obama. Last night, I spoke on the floor of the Senate to urge my colleagues to immediately bring Ms. Lynch’s nomination to the floor for a confirmation vote. I’ve included excerpts from my statement on the Senate floor and linked a video of my full statement below.
As America’s top lawyer, the Attorney General plays a pivotal role in finding the appropriate balance between protecting the safety and security of our nation and protecting the civil rights of our citizens. Ms. Lynch’s background and legal expertise is impressive and make her the perfect candidate for this important position. Once confirmed, I intend to work closely with Ms. Lynch on civil rights issues, as well as legal and investigative issues that come before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and other committees on which I serve.
I hope you will stand with me and voice your concern about the unwarranted delay of this important nomination. View video of my floor statement here.
Cardin Urges Colleagues to Stop Playing Politics with Attorney General Nomination
“Let’s do the right thing and take up this nomination. Senators can vote up or down, but let’s take a vote.”
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), spoke on the Senate floor Thursday night to urge his colleagues to immediately bring Loretta Lynch’s nomination to the floor for a confirmation vote to be the next Attorney General of the United States.
Refusing to allow a confirmation vote on Loretta Lynch’s nomination to be the next Attorney General is pure politics and unprecedented Republican obstructionism. It’s just not fair. Loretta Lynch is impressive and very well qualified to be the next Attorney General.
The Senate has confirmed her, unanimously, twice. It is unfair to Ms. Lynch, who has waiting longer than the previous five Attorney Generals- combined. It’s unfair to the hardworking employees of the Department of Justice, who work every day to keep Americans safe from harm; and it’s unfair to the President of the United States, who deserves to have his team in place. We have a responsibility to vote on his nominations. “The Senate may be known for taking things slowly, but we really can debate legislation and nominations at the same time. To suggest otherwise is a hollow excuse; we’ve voted on six executive nominees in the past week.
“Loretta Lynch’s few detractors have had ample time to come to the Senate floor and make their case to fellow Senators. Republicans control the agenda in the Senate. If Senators would like to vote against Mrs. Lynch it is their prerogative, but at least allow a vote.”