US Senate to Vote on Loretta Lynch Nomination After Long Delay
Five months after her nomination by U.S. President Barack Obama, Loretta Lynch is expected to be finally confirmed by the Senate as the nation's next attorney general Thursday.
Lynch's nomination had been held up for weeks after Senate Democrats held up passage of legislation aimed at cracking down on human trafficking, due to an anti-abortion amendment inserted into the bill by Republicans. In response, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to bring Lynch's nomination up for a vote until work on the trafficking bill was resolved.
The impasse over the abortion measure was broken earlier this week when a handful of Republicans and Democrats reached a compromise, paving the way for its passage Wednesday by a vote of 99-0.
Pope will Visit Cuba First, Then the United States
Pope Francis plans to visit Cuba in September ahead of a scheduled visit to the United States.
He would become the third pope to visit the communist island nation.
Vatican officials say Pope Francis played a key diplomatic role in helping the United States and Cuba normalize relations, hosting delegations from the two countries last year.
In the U.S., Pope Francis will address Congress and meet with President Barack Obama, rounding off his trip with a visit to the United Nations in New York City and attending a church rally for families in Philadelphia.