U-S Senate leaders to unveil trafficking deal

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WASHINGTON, DC — The Associated Press reports Senate leaders are poised to announce a deal to move forward on a stalled human trafficking bill, likely clearing the way for a vote on President Barack Obama’s attorney general nominee.

The deal was to be announced Tuesday morning as the Senate convened, according to an aide to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.

The trafficking bill had stalled in a dispute over funding for abortions. The deal aims to address Democratic concerns that the legislation expands existing prohibitions on spending federal funds on abortions. Republicans had to be satisfied that those prohibitions were not curtailed.

Republican leaders had held up a vote on attorney general-designate Loretta Lynch until the anti-trafficking bill was resolved — angering Democrats and Obama.

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