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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 McConnell (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.

{mosads}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.

Sens. Bob Casey Jr. (D-Pa.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) sided with Republicans on Tuesday in voting to invoke cloture on the legislation.

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

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (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.”

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