McConnell tees up more votes on trafficking bill
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The Senate will vote again on the human trafficking bill that Democrats blocked Tuesday over an abortion provision.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care: McConnell offering bill to raise tobacco-buying age to 21 | NC gov vetoes 'born alive' abortion bill | CMS backs off controversial abortion proposal HR 1 brings successful local, state reforms to the federal level and deserves passage The Hill's 12:30 Report: Inside the Mueller report MORE (R-Ky.) has filed cloture on the bill, which bolsters resources for law enforcement and trafficking victims, as well as an amendment to the bill, setting up the potential for multiple votes.

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Democrats blocked the legislation during a procedural vote Tuesday because it includes the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the use of federal funds for abortions.

McConnell's move sets up cloture votes for Thursday. If every Republican backs the bill, the GOP would need six Democratic votes to overcome the filibuster.

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Democrats have vowed to continue to block the bill as long as the abortion provision is included.

Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidSanders courts GOP voters with 'Medicare for All' plan Glamorization of the filibuster must end Schumer won't rule out killing filibuster MORE (D-Nev.) suggested that the repeat votes were a misuse of lawmakers' time.
 
"That's what we're going to do this week," he said, telling reporters that he expects votes on Wednesday and Thursday. "Another wasted week."