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Senate Democrats stall anti-human trafficking bill over abortion limits
Senate Democrats stall anti-human trafficking bill over abortion limits

A Senate showdown over a popular anti-human trafficking bill escalated Tuesday, as Democrats filibustered the measure in protest Republican-backed abortion restrictions. The heated standoff jeopardizes not only passage of the otherwise bipartisan bill to fight human sex trafficking but also leaves Senate confirmation of President Obama's choice for attorney general in limbo. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has refused to consider the confirmation of Loretta Lynch, who would become the first African American woman to lead the Department of Justice, until the Senate dispatches with the human trafficking bill. But Senate Democrats refused to advance the human...

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