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Loretta Lynch Confirmation Expected Next Week

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Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch will likely see a confirmation vote next week, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell indicated to reporters Tuesday, capping a saga that has seen her bid to be the first African-American woman in the position tied up in immigration politics.  

"I think we'll be dealing with the attorney general nomination next week," the Kentucky Republican said. Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., pronounced himself "happy" at the news and said he hopes that's the case.  

But Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York, the No. 3 Democrat who has acted as Lynch's Sherpa, expressed some concern that there could be a repeat of insurgent Republicans defying McConnell and trying to block his move to bring up her nomination.  

Specifically, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has proposed blocking Lynch and most other nominees over President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration. But Cruz's proposal doesn't seem to be getting much traction with leadership.  

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