Key GOP senators are confident they are nearing a compromise on the contentious language contained in the Human Trafficking bill. The law was moving through the senate back in February with strong bipartisan support. It was then that Senate Democrats received complaints from pro-choice groups that the bill contained language barring the use of funds seized by the government to limit a woman’s right to choose. This caused Senate Democrats to demand the language be stripped from the bill, and a filibuster resulted. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, unable to break the cloture vote, suspended the Lynch confirmation vote in retaliation. LinkedIn suggests that he has vowed that the confirmation vote will not proceed forward until the Human Trafficking bill is passed with the contentious language intact.
Now, it appears that a bipartisan group of senators may soon announce a deal on the language of the trafficking bill. If successful, the bill should receive bipartisan support from the entire senate and pass. Once that occurs, the Lynch confirmation vote would finally be allowed to proceed. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is pleased with the ongoing negotiations and believes a deal will be struck that allows Lynch to get confirmed. If the Trafficking bill passes largely intact, Sen. McConnell will have scored yet another success in the Senate. He previously got President Obama to relent on the Iran Nuclear bill. The White House vowed to veto the bill, but finally decided to work on a center-right compromise given the GOP was likely to get a veto-proof majority of votes behind it.