Trafficking Bill Clears Senate, Paving Way For Vote On Lynch Nomination

The Senate approved a bill Wednesday to fight human trafficking, paving the way for lawmakers to consider the nomination of Loretta Lynch as attorney general. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, had said he wanted to finish the bill before scheduling a vote on Lynch. The Senate is expected to vote on her nomination Thursday. President Barack Obama nominated her for the post in November. The bill passed after Democrats and Republicans worked out a compromise on abortion language. Democrats argued an earlier version of the bill would expand restrictions on the use of federal funds for abortions.

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