A new report indicates Democrats knew a bill to help sex trafficking victims, that they are currently blocking in the Senate, contained language to ensure none of the funds would pay for abortions. Democrats previously claimed Republicans snuck the abortion funding provision int he bill before bringing it to the Senate floor.
The revelation is a huge snag for Democrats as they attempt to falsely portray Republicans as insensitive to the needs of women victimized by sex trafficking. The report makes it clear Democrats are blocking the bill to help human trafficking victims over abortion politics.
The Hill has more information:
A Democratic staffer knew that a controversial abortion provision was in a human trafficking bill that is now stalled in the Senate.
Julia Krahe, a spokeswoman for Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), told the Associated Press that an aide to the senator saw the abortion language before the legislation was passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this year.
The aide, however, “did not inform the senator” about the provision, Krahe wrote in an email.
“The senator takes the responsibility for the work of her office and missing the provision and she is focused on moving forward to find a way to fix the bill and protect victims of trafficking,” Krahe told the AP.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Wednesday said that if every Democrat who previously supported the legislation voted for it on the floor, Republicans would have enough votes to break the filibuster.
“All that will mean is the Democrats on the Judiciary Committee supporting the very same bill they voted for just a few weeks earlier,” he said. “Apparently all of these senators were for this human rights bill before they were against it.”
The revelation that Democrats misled about the development of the bill comes as they cast their third vote today to continue blocking the bill to help human trafficking victims.