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Sen. Cornyn Offers Plan To Break Logjam On Sex-Trafficking Bill

Ryan E. Poppe
Texas Public Radio
Sen. Cornyn addresses the Senate on Oct. 10, chastising the president and Democrats for stalling bills to open portions of the federal government.

WASHINGTON — The lead GOP sponsor of a sex trafficking bill that’s stalled over abortion is offering a new plan to break the logjam.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas will propose restructuring a victims’ compensation fund in the bill to address Democratic concerns over prohibitions on abortion funding.

There was no immediate reaction from Senate Democratic leaders — who have dismissed past overtures by Cornyn. Cornyn has also shot down Democratic attempts at a deal.

The effort to move forward on the bill comes as senators return to Capitol Hill from a two-week spring recess. The bill to help sex trafficking victims had been widely popular until it got stuck in a partisan dispute over the abortion funding provision — which Democrats claimed they initially hadn’t known was in the legislation.