WASHINGTON, April 21 (UPI) -- U.S. Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch will receive a confirmation vote in the coming days because the Senate reached a deal over an unrelated sex trafficking bill.
"I'm glad we can now say there is a bipartisan proposal that will allow us to complete action on this important legislation," Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday. "As soon as we finish the trafficking bill... we'll move to the president's nominee for attorney general hopefully in the next day or so."
President Barack Obama nominated Lynch for the position in November.
The confirmation vote for the approval of Lynch as attorney general was delayed over an anti-abortion provision found in the human-trafficking bill.
McConnell previously said the Republican majority "does not want to take the language out" of the human-trafficking bill, which will help fund victims of human trafficking, that McConnell said is "extremely important to the country."
The provision in the bill points to a law that would deal with restrictions on the funding of abortions.
"We have to finish the human trafficking bill," McConnell said on CNN's State of the Union program in March. "The Loretta Lynch nomination comes next."
CNN host Dana Bash stated, "It sounds like you are threatening to hold up Loretta Lynch, who has been in limbo for months and months."
"It's not a threat," McConnell said. "We need to finish this human-trafficking bill that came out of the Judiciary Committee unanimously."
Democrats accused Republicans of trying to sneak in the anti-abortion measure on the bill.
"Unfortunately, Republicans are committed to turning a bipartisan bill into a political fight," Democratic Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said. "We can have all kinds of debates out here as to how it got in the bill. A number of people feel it was by a little bit of sleight of hand."
Obama on Friday said the Senate's delay is a "crazy situation" and is "embarrassing."