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Congresswoman Adams: “Let’s Make History and Confirm Loretta Lynch”

Feb 26, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12) stood in solidarity with members of the Congressional Black Caucus at this morning’s Senate Judiciary Hearing for Loretta Lynch.

“I proudly support Loretta Lynch’s confirmation. Lynch deserves a swift confirmation. Yet, after nearly 110 days, the Senate Judiciary Committee finally voted (12-8) to approve Loretta Lynch and move her nomination forward for a vote on the Senate floor. While this confirmation process has been long and chaotic, I do find hope in the fact that Lynch’s confirmation will now move to a full vote in the Senate,” said Representative Adams.

“I am extremely disappointed with Senator Thom Tillis’ no vote.  He himself acknowledged Lynch’s strong qualifications and experience, adding: ‘She was raised right.’ Some Senate Republicans have treated this Greensboro native horribly.   As I listened to each Senator’s responses it became obvious that Ms. Lynch was being punished because of their dislike for Eric Holder and President Obama.  She is well-qualified and very capable of serving as the next U.S. Attorney General,” continued Adams.

“I am also disappointed because this profoundly qualified, intelligent African American woman was scrutinized differently by the Senate than any man who has come before her—8 hours of testimony, almost 900 written questions, and not one of the witnesses who testified said they opposed her confirmation.  Loretta Lynch would be the first African American woman to serve as Attorney General.  Is that the problem?  She deserves and should have been judged on her own merit.  She is not President Obama nor is she Attorney General Eric Holder,” continued Adams.