Klobuchar taking over Franken's sexual assault bill
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Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: China implicated in Microsoft breach | White House adds Big Tech critic | QAnon unfazed after false prediction FDA signals plan to address toxic elements in baby food Sen. Tina Smith calls for eliminating filibuster MORE (D-Minn.) is taking over Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate Dems face unity test; Tanden nomination falls Gillibrand: Cuomo allegations 'completely unacceptable' Schumer: Allegations against Cuomo 'serious, very troubling' 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 McConnellMcConnell makes failed bid to adjourn Senate after hours-long delay Paul Ryan to host fundraiser for Cheney amid GOP tensions Senate Democrats near deal to reduce jobless boost to 0 MORE (R-Ky.) and Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyWhite House open to reforming war powers amid bipartisan push Garland's AG nomination delayed by GOP roadblocks National Sheriffs' Association backs Biden pick for key DOJ role MORE (R-Iowa), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee.