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Corker, Cardin predict movement on Lynch nomination

Sen. Ben Cardin
Sen. Ben Cardin

The long-stalled vote in the Senate on President Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general could take place this week, Sen. Ben Cardin said on Sunday.

"There has been absolutely no reason about her qualifications that would prevent this nomination from going forward," the Maryland Democrat said of nominee Loretta Lynch. "So, I am hopeful it will be up this week."

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Cardin, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday, along with committee chairman, Republican Bob Corker of Tennessee. Cardin and Corker negotiated a bipartisan agreement last week to give Congress a chance to review a nuclear agreement the Obama administration is negotiating with Iran.

"I think this is going to be resolved in the early part of this week," Corker said on CNN. "My sense is, over the next 48 to 72 hours, that is going to be resolved, and we will move on to this Iran issue."

Democrats have criticized Republican leaders in the Senate for delaying Lynch's confirmation. Lynch, who would be the first African American woman to hold the post, was nominated on Nov. 8.

On Iran, Cardin dismissed the notion that the agreement with Republicans represented a split between Democratic lawmakers and the White House, which initially opposed congressional review of the deal. The legislation was approved by the committee unanimously.

"In fact, I think America is stronger today as a result of the vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee," Cardin said. "We are on path to have much more unity between Congress and the White House. I think the president is in a stronger position now to deliver the type of diplomatic solution that prevents Iran from becoming a nuclear weapons state."

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