Klobuchar taking over Franken's sexual assault bill
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Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharFranken resignation could upend Minnesota races Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Trump-free Kennedy Center Honors avoids politics MORE (D-Minn.) is taking over Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenDemocrats turn on Al Franken Schumer called, met with Franken and told him to resign Overnight Finance: Trump says shutdown 'could happen' | Ryan, conservatives inch closer to spending deal | Senate approves motion to go to tax conference | Ryan promises 'entitlement reform' in 2018 MORE's sexual assault survivors bill in the wake of sexual allegations against him.

Klobuchar's office confirmed on Monday that she would now be the legislation's sponsor.

"Senator Klobuchar spoke with Abby [Honold] this weekend. They had a good conversation, and Senator Klobuchar told Abby that she will be sponsoring the bill," said Ben Hill, Klobuchar's state director.

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Honold, who was raped at the University of Minnesota in 2014, had been working with Franken (D-Minn.) on a bill to train law enforcement on how to interview survivors of sexual assault.

But The Washington Post reported that Honold was searching for a new sponsor for the bill after radio host Leeann Tweeden accused Franken of kissing and groping her without her consent in 2006.

A second woman, Lindsay Menz, also told CNN that Franken inappropriately grabbed her in 2010 at the Minnesota State Fair.

Klobuchar's sponsorship of the forthcoming sexual assault bill comes after she pushed for the Senate to make its sexual harassment training mandatory.

The Senate passed its resolution earlier this month. The move was backed by Klobuchar and other key senators including Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat McConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Brent Budowsky: A plea to Alabama voters MORE (R-Ky.) and Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration Thanks to the farm lobby, the US is stuck with a broken ethanol policy MORE (R-Iowa), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee.