Senate seeks deal on stalled human trafficking bill

AP News
Posted: Apr 16, 2015 4:41 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Key lawmakers are working to resolve a dispute over abortion that has long held up Senate approval of legislation to crack down on human trafficking.

Sens. Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn, the two top Senate Republicans, both expressed hope Thursday for an agreement. Democrats also said aides were meeting.

The negotiations came as McConnell put off a test vote that was likely to fall short of the 60 needed to advance the measure.

The legislation says that restitution paid by convicted sex traffickers would go into a fund to aid victims.

Democrats object to a Republican-drafted provision saying that none of the money may be used for abortions except in cases of rape, incest or if the life of the woman was in danger.