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United States Senate WASHINGTON, DC 20510 March 6, 2015 ‘The Honorable Mitch McConnell Majority Leader United States Senate 317 Russell Senate Office Bui Washington, DC 20510 ing Dear Leader McConnell, We urge you to act quickly to schedule a floor vote on the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be the next Attorney General of the United States. As our nation’s top law enforcement official, the ‘Attorney General plays a pivotal role in administering our nation’s laws and protecting our national security. This is why the Senate, regardless of the party in control, has historically given swift consideration to Attorney General nominees. We ask you to similarly consider Ms. Lynch’s nomination without further delay. President Obama nominated Ms. Lynch nearly fourth months ago, and many members of the Senate are already familiar with Ms. Lynch’s impressive background. During her confirmation hearings in January, Republicans and Democrats praised Ms. Lynch’s reputation as a tough, fair, and independent prosecutor for her work as the United States Attorney for the Eastem District of New York. Furthermore, the Senate has already twice unanimously confirmed Ms. Lynch for her current role in 2000 and in 2010 after her nomination was thoroughly vetted and considered by the Judiciary Committee. Ms. Lynch has been a trailblazer throughout her legal career and, if confirmed, she will make history as the first African American woman to lead the Department of Tustice. Ms. Lynch was reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee with bipartisan support and her nomination is currently pending on the executive calendar. No one questions that Ms. Lynch is qualified and ready to serve, yet we are troubled that her nomination continues to languish on the Senate floor. As of this writing, Ms. Lynch's nomination was announced 118 days ago, making her the longest pending Attorney General nominee in three decades. Although a narrow minority of the Senate may want to use Ms. Lynch’ floor vote to protest the immigration enforcement priorities announced last year by the Administration, there is simply no credible reason for further delay. Our nation faces daily threats to our national security and we cannot afford to wait any longer to confirm our nation’s top law enforcement official. Confirming Loretta Lynch as our nation’s ne: Hloeney:Genceal mst bea zion for the Seat we prea o work with you to ts caste a enn vor te on this. ‘we hope Il schedule a floor vote without further delay. “(ee eth, —Barrahifadeete “Fag, Ohne Da. de Dub Che SL Bite — Pais Co Rat: phe tt "Sun boas bn on, Gn Dh Guo Hinton