GOP Dabbles With Surrender In Human Trafficking Fight

Republican Sen. John Cornyn may have found a way to surrender to Senate Democrats in the human trafficking bill fight.

Instead of setting up a restitution fund paid into by the perpetrators of human trafficking crimes, Cornyn is considering setting up a fund that Congress would appropriate annually, reported The Hill. That could satisfy Democrats, who are blocking the bill Cornyn sponsored over abortion language they apparently failed to notice until after they passed it unanimously through committee.

The language bans federal funding of abortion, except in cases or rape, incest or life of the mother, and has been a standard addition to spending bills for decades. But Democrats argue it’s an expansion of abortion restrictions in this case, because the money would come from fines paid by trafficking perpetrators, and not taxpayer dollars.