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'Back of the Bus': Democrats See a New 'War on Women' in Human Trafficking, Loretta Lynch Fights

Democrats pull the attorney-general battle onto their turf.
Senator Patty Murray, a Democrat from Washington, speaks during a news conference with Representative Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin, not pictured, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.

Senator Patty Murray, a Democrat from Washington, speaks during a news conference with Representative Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin, not pictured, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

First, Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin accused Republicans of blocking an "important civil rights milestone" when they delayed the confirmation of Loretta Lynch for attorney general.

Later, on the Senate floor, Durbin accused Republicans of making Lynch "sit in the back of the bus when it comes to the Senate calendar."