John Cornyn

From Texas Standard:

Earlier this month, a lineup in the U.S. Senate press room showed Democrats and Republicans standing together showing rare agreement over a comprehensive criminal justice bill.

Ryan E. Poppe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate unanimously passed legislation Wednesday to help the victims of human trafficking, ending a tortuous partisan standoff over abortion that also delayed confirmation of President Barack Obama’s attorney general nominee.

The vote was 99-0 to approve the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, which expands law enforcement tools to target sex traffickers and creates a new fund to help victims. Announced presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, missed the vote.

Ryan E. Poppe

WASHINGTON — The lead GOP sponsor of a sex trafficking bill that’s stalled over abortion is offering a new plan to break the logjam.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas will propose restructuring a victims’ compensation fund in the bill to address Democratic concerns over prohibitions on abortion funding.

There was no immediate reaction from Senate Democratic leaders — who have dismissed past overtures by Cornyn. Cornyn has also shot down Democratic attempts at a deal.

U.S. Attorney General Nominee Tells Sen. Cornyn She’s Not Eric Holder

Jan 28, 2015

WASHINGTON  — Confronting skeptical Republicans, attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch pledged a new start with Congress and independence from President Barack Obama Wednesday, even as she defended the President’s unilateral protections for millions of immigrants in the country illegally.

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