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How Congress manages to kill a bill all its members support

An anti-human trafficking bill sponsored by Sen. Amy Klobuchar should have cruised through the Senate this week. Instead, abortion politics is on the verge of killing it.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, right, is the lead Republican sponsor of the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act.
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Democrats say this amendment would apply the abortion ban not just to taxpayer dollars but fees paid by prosecuted criminals, and it would essentially take effect permanently for those funds. When it’s attached to budget bills, Congress has to pass the Hyde Amendment on an annual basis.

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