S.178 – Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 should have coasted through Congress; who could oppose raising fines for human trafficking. But then the GOP slipped in a poison pill, an anti-abortion measure, and now Democrats are in open revolt. Senator McConnell threatens to bully them into compliance by threatening to hold up confirmation of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General. Lynch, a black woman, has already waited longer for confirmation than seems reasonable. In the meantime, Attorney General Holder remains in office. Republicans deny waging a war on women, but here is another battle in that war.
Tom Reed says he favors clean bills, but the GOP never tires of trickery. Democrats should not be bullied. If the GOP drags its feet on confirming Ms. Lynch, they only damage their own reputation with another act of injustice.
© William Hungerford – March 2015