WASHINGTON D.C. - A seemingly uncontroversial bill introduced by the late Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.), former chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has stuck a wedge between a powerful conservative religious group and the Department of Justice.
The bill, the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, passed the House in a 405-2 vote in December but faces an uncertain future in the Senate. The bill marks a rare instance of the Bush administration opposing a major conservative religious group over legal policy.
It would authorize the use of federal resources and create an office within the Department of State to fight the trafficking of sex workers in the U.S. and overseas.
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