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Rep. Brown 'Hidden Racism' Preventing Lynch AG Vote

By Eric Scheiner | March 23, 2015 | 1:57pm EDT

At a House news conference last Thursday, Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) accused Republicans of failing to vote on confirming Loretta Lynch as attorney general because "there is hidden racism rampant."

“If it look like a duck, walk like a duck and quack like a duck, it’s a duck. And it is clear to me that there is hidden racism rampant in the House and the Senate,” Brown said.

Brown’s comments came just a day after Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) took to the Senate floor and claimed that Lynch is being "asked to sit in the back of the bus."

"And so, Loretta Lynch, the first African-American woman nominated to be attorney general, is asked to sit in the back of the bus when it comes to the Senate calendar," Durbin said Wednesday. "That is unfair.”

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had said that he won't hold a confirmation vote for Loretta Lynch as attorney general before the Senate completes work on a bill designed to curb human trafficking.

Senate debate on the trafficking bill broke down last week. Democrats filibustered the bill, objecting to a provision that prohibits money dedicated to a fund for victims from being used to pay for abortions except in very limited circumstances.

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