A pair of Republican senators reiterated their call for postponing a vote on President Obama's new nominee for attorney general until the new Congress begins, rather than lame-duck session.
Sens. Ted CruzTed CruzConservatism's worst enemy? The Freedom Caucus. Republicans giving Univision the cold shoulder: report How 'Big Pharma' stifles pharmaceutical innovation MORE (R-Texas) and Mike LeeMike LeeSenate takes up NATO membership for Montenegro Overnight Defense: Civilian casualties raise questions about rules of engagement | Air Force nominee set for hearing | Senate takes up NATO membership for Montenegro This week: GOP picks up the pieces after healthcare defeat MORE (R-Utah) have previously said they will oppose non-emergency business when lawmakers return following Tuesday's election.
The two suggested, however, they could oppose Loretta Lynch's nomination regardless of the timing based on her position on Obama's forthcoming executive action on immigration. They said an attorney general must have a "full and complete commitment to the law."
"Loretta Lynch deserves the opportunity to demonstrate those qualities, beginning with a statement whether or not she believes the President’s executive amnesty plans are constitutional and legal," they said.
Republicans are slated to take control of the upper chamber when the new session begins in January. However, lawmakers will return for the final few months of businesses of the current session next week. Democrats have not yet outlined the timing for Lynch's confirmation.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellPath to 60 narrows for Trump pick Dems delay Senate panel vote on Supreme Court nominee This week: GOP picks up the pieces after healthcare defeat MORE (R-Ky.) has also said the nomination should be handled in the next Congress.
A host of other nominations, a spending bill, and other legislation are already expected to be taken up in the lame duck.