When Republicans said they were going to hold the line on human trafficking, they meant it. You can’t blame Americans for being skeptical, considering the GOP’s track record — but Majority Leader Mitch McConnell proved his skeptics wrong and deserves credit for it. After a month-long standstill over routine language, the Senate may have finally ended the logjam on Sen. John Cornyn’s (R-Texas) anti-trafficking measure and put the chamber back on track to consider Eric Holder’s replacement: Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch. “As soon as we finish the trafficking bill, as I’ve indicated for some time now, we’ll move to the President’s nominee for attorney general — hopefully in the next day or so,” McConnell said today when a deal looked imminent.
Cornyn’s bill, which is a political no-brainer for both parties, came to a screeching halt in late March, when Democrats feigned surprise that the legislation included a ban on taxpayer-funded abortion — standard operating procedure for any spending measure. Not only has this been the status quo for 40 years, it has never been questioned! That is until the Obama administration arrived in town with its pro-abortion policies. A bill rescuing human trafficking victims — of all places — is hardly the time to create other victims of abortion.
In this latest scenario, the Senate would change where the trafficking money is sent and how it’s used so that the Hyde language banning abortion funding wouldn’t be necessary. One fund would fall outside of normal appropriations, but would be prohibited from being used for any sort of health care services at all — this would be used only for “enhancing state and local efforts to combat trafficking in persons.” The other fund would be pulled from the Community Health Clinics fund under ObamaCare, which was reauthorized under Hyde. If that holds, then Senate conservatives would have pulled off a hard-earned victory — and saved countless lives in the process!
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