Hillary hits Senate GOP on women's issues

Former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate Heller embraces Trump in risky attempt to survive in November Live coverage: Cruz, O'Rourke clash in Texas debate MORE took to Twitter to rip Republicans for a "Congressional trifecta against women" Monday afternoon.


Clinton, who's expected to launch a presidential bid soon, attacked Senate GOP leaders for delaying the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as attorney general until a once-bipartisan human trafficking bill Democrats are holding up over abortion provisions is passed.

"Congressional trifecta against women today: 1) Blocking great nominee, 1st African American woman AG, for longer than any AG in 30 years," she tweeted. "2) Playing politics with trafficking victims… 3) Threatening women's health & rights."

Clinton's move appears to be an effort to boost her standing with the Democratic base, especially female voters. She's the clear front-runner for the Democratic nomination if she makes a bid, but recent controversy over her decision to use a private email system while secretary has proven a distraction for her nascent campaign.

The Senate fight has risks for both sides. Democrats risk being seen as obstructionist after pulling support for a bill they'd long backed because of language they just noticed that could limit the ability of trafficking victims to get abortions, while Republicans are being attacked for holding up a high-profile African-American woman's nomination over issues unrelated to her qualifications for the job.