On Thursday, the Senate finally got around to confirming Loretta Lynch as the nation’s first black female Attorney General after a five-month delay.
In the 56-43 vote, Lynch was welcomed as lead of the Justice Department, replacing Eric Holder, by all present voting Democrats and 10 Republicans, which included Senator Mitch McConnell, majority leader.
Hours before the confirmation, 2016 GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz spoke against Lynch, claiming she was “unfit” for the job and was the only senator to miss the vote.
The republicans suspended the vote for Lynch based not on her qualifications, but in their rage against President Barack Obama’s executive action regarding immigration. According to The Huffington Post, the president’s decision would give “1.8 million undocumented immigrants” deportation relief.
The Associated Press explained how at the confirmation hearing this past January, Lynch responded to her support of Obama saying that she “believed Obama’s actions were reasonable and lawful,”
Although the republicans were against Obama’s actions, he is not the only president to have made efforts in granting temporary relief as nearly every president since 1956 has used their power the same way, reported the Huffington Post.
“Today, the Senate finally confirmed Loretta Lynch to be America’s next Attorney General – and America will be better off for it,” said President Barack Obama in an official statement. “Loretta’s confirmation ensures that we are better positioned to keep our communities safe, keep our nation secure, and ensure that every American experiences justice under the law.”
Click here for a video of the official announcement.