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

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Ryan E. Poppe
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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.