Anti-human trafficking bill passes Senate

Posted: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 5:24 pm | Updated: 8:11 pm, Wed Apr 22, 2015.

AP Photo/Evan Vucci Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., answers a question during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 21, 2015. From left are, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., McConnell, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas.

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Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., answers a question during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 21, 2015. From left are, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., McConnell, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas.

Associated Press

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. The House has passed similar legislation and the White House has voiced support...