A vote to confirm the nomination of Loretta Lynch for U.S. Attorney General is expected to happen soon now that lawmakers in the Republican-controlled Senate have struck a bipartisan agreement on anti-human trafficking legislation previously stalled over abortion funding.
Speaking on the Senate floor Tuesday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) said, "I'm glad we can say there is a bipartisan proposal that will allow us to complete action on this legislation so we can provide help to the victims who desperately need it."
"As soon as we finish the trafficking bill, as I've indicated for some time now, we'll move to the president's nominee for attorney general in the next day or so," McConnell said.
The Hill reports that Lynch could get a Senate confirmation vote as early as Wednesday. President Barack Obama nominated Lynch as the next U.S. Attorney General back in November.
The anti-trafficking measure under consideration reportedly aims to create a fund to assist survivors of human trafficking. Under the deal reached in the Senate, lawmakers agreed that the money, which will come from a mixture of federal funds and criminal fees, will not be allowed to cover abortion services. Republicans were initially looking to expand the Hyde Amendement to bar abortion services from being funded with non-taxpayer dollars collected by the government.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest indicated that the president could get behind the agreement, saying, "If we see strong Democratic support ... then that certainly seems like the kind of thing that the president would support."