Hopes for passage of a popular bill to fight human trafficking were all but dashed Wednesday after the debate devolved into a partisan fight over restricting abortions.
What should have been an easy win turned into a blame game. Democrats say Republicans sneaked the abortion provision in; Republicans said Democrats should be paying closer attention.
Now, a bill that would create a $30 million victims fund and provide law enforcement tools to clamp down on human trafficking appears headed for defeat.
"All of a sudden, some of our colleagues woke up, I guess ... and said . . . they were outraged," said Sen. John Cornyn (R., Texas), the bill's author.