Democrats Reject GOP Fix to Abortion Fight

With senators bogged down in a battle over abortion that has left the Senate in a weeks-long standstill, a potential deal to move past the legislative standoff appeared to crumble Thursday.
Democrats quickly rejected a solution put forward by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), who suggested letting a victims fund established by the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act go through the appropriations process.
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) reiterated Thursday that if Republicans want to move forward on the anti-human-trafficking bill that would bolster resources for victims and law enforcement, then they need to remove the Hyde Amendment, which restricts the use of federal funds on abortions.
“The best they can do is get rid of that language, and then we can go to trafficking,” he told reporters.