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Hundreds of Black women and girls representing the Black Women’s Roundtable descended on the nation’s capital last week to petition the Senate to confirm U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch as the next attorney general.
“Loretta Lynch has been waiting over 140 days to get a vote on the floor. That’s never happened in the history of this country,” says Melanie Campbell, convener of the Roundtable, and president and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation NCBCP).
Organizers called the confrontation outside the majority leader’s door a protest. But they were also granted a 20-minute meeting with McConnell’s chief of staff, according to Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and head of the roundtable.
“We felt like we received talking points,” Campbell told CQ Roll Call afterward.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, who met with the women between House votes, said they would continue to pressure the GOP for “holding hostage the top law enforcement officer in the nation,” throughout the upcoming recess. “The perception is that her race and sex have an impact,” the Texas Democrat said. “Would anyone else be treated with a five-week delay, blaming it on a dispute of legislators over legislation?”