WASHINGTON (AP) — Majority Leader Harry Reid says Senate action on President Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general will occur next year when Republicans are in charge.
Reid told reporters on Tuesday that White House officials informed him that the nomination of Loretta Lynch could be done next year. It was widely expected that Senate Democrats would not be able to complete confirmation hearings and hold a vote in the lame-duck session.
The 55-year-old Lynch is a Brooklyn federal prosecutor who would replace outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder. Lynch would be the first African-American woman to serve as attorney general if she is confirmed by the Senate.
Obama announced her nomination earlier this month.
After a net of eight seats in this month's midterm elections, Senate Republicans will hold the majority next year.