House Schedules Vote on Human Trafficking Bill

The House will vote Monday to send an anti-human-trafficking bill to President Obama’s desk, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) announced Friday.

The legislation had been held up for weeks in the Senate as the parties haggled over a GOP abortion provision, a delay that also left in limbo the nomination of Loretta Lynch for U.S. attorney general.

After negotiators reached a compromise on the abortion language, the bill flew through the Senate on April 22 in a 99-0 vote, and Lynch was confirmed a day later.

The House-passed version of the bill is sponsored by Reps. Ted Poe (R-Texas) and Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), both of whom have been urging GOP leaders for weeks to bring the Senate measure to the floor amid rumors that some Republicans wanted to amend it.

Monday’s vote, which will come under a suspension of the rules that doesn’t allow amendments, is indication that GOP leaders will not go that route.