By Tony Perkins
Senate liberals don’t want to help victims — they want to create more! That’s the takeaway from yesterday’s cloture vote on Sen. John Cornyn’s (R-Texas) bill to limit human sex trafficking. The bill, which is a political no-brainer for both parties, came to a screeching halt last week, when Democrats feigned surprise that the legislation included a ban on taxpayer-funded abortion — standard operating procedure for any spending measure.
Still, the President’s party (which voted unanimously to send the bill to the floor) must have suddenly decided to read the proposal after passing it and erupted in protest that routine Hyde language was included. And while the Left may be able to play the American people, Senate Republicans know how manufactured the outrage is. “They all voted for the very same language in a bill in December,” Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told CNN on Sunday. “This is boilerplate language that has been in the law for almost 40 years that they all voted for three months ago in another bill.”
Yesterday, McConnell brought the legislation up for a vote, hoping enough Democrats would come to their senses to break the 60-vote threshold it needed to win an up-or-down vote. But despite four Democrat crossovers (Sens. Bob Casey, Pa.; Joe Donnelly, Ind.; Heidi Heitkamp, N.D.; and Joe Manchin, Ill.), Republicans fell five votes short. Like us, Sen. Cornyn could only shake his head at the game-playing. Calling it a “sad day for the United States Senate,” he and others vowed to bring Senate business to a stop until the Left gives up their charade. “How is it that this legislation became a political football to re-litigate the Hyde Amendment?” Cornyn said. “Unfortunately, we know the abortion lobby has been working very hard to derail this legislation.”
For his part, Leader McConnell isn’t budging. Despite budget and Attorney General hopeful Loretta Lynch battles on the horizon, he intends to grind work to a halt until the two sides can come to an agreement. Help him reach one. Contact your senators and ask them to support the Hyde amendment in S.178.
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.
(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)
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