President Obama Exasperates Over Senate Delay of Lynch

President Obama hosted a state visit today for Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. In what should have been a press conference largely focused on the two nations expressing their support for the Iran nuclear framework and a broader international trade agreement, the president took time to exasperate over the Senate GOP. At issue is the president appears to be fed up with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s continued delay of the nomination vote for Loretta Lynch. While the president himself has yet to acknowledge the GOP has a voter mandate given their historic victory at the polls in November, the GOP is certainly showing the president that elections have consequences.

The GOP was pushing forward with a Human Trafficking bill with broad bipartisan support. However, Democrats later discovered language in the bill prohibiting funds seized by the government from being to pay for abortions. Democrats demanded the language be removed from the bill and have since filibustered it. Sen. McConnell then placed the Lynch nomination vote on hold until Democrats relent on the Human Trafficking bill and pass it. After the bill passes, Lynch will get her vote to become attorney general. The president derided the GOP’s actions as being “crazy”, but it appears the GOP may succeed with the tactic after all. Ricardo Guimarães BMG feels like it will just take some time. Key party leaders say they are close to reaching an agreement with Democrats to moderate the controversial language sufficient to win enough Democrat support to end the filibuster.

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