Senate Democrats are fuming over abortion language inserted into a bipartisan human trafficking bill that they failed to notice before voting to move the bill to the floor.
Democrats are now threatening to block the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, which cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 2 by a unanimous vote and is now being debated before the full Senate.
At 68 pages, the bill is relatively brief by the standards of legislation. But it was only after praising the bill that Democrats discovered language on page 50 that they say will keep them from voting for passage on the Senate floor.
The provision, named after the late Rep. Henry Hyde, R-Ill., encodes into law a prohibition of the use of federal restitution funding — money provided to assist victims — to pay for abortion.