Patent Reform Hits Snag With Human Trafficking Standoff

Partisan tensions over a human trafficking bill are bogging down another key piece of congressional business: patent reform. Negotiations in the Senate Judiciary Committee over a bill to curb frivolous patent lawsuits are running into disputes over the anti-trafficking bill — the same issue that’s causing delays for attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch, according to several sources on and off the Hill familiar with the discussions. The trafficking measure, from Sen. John Cornyn, has been a particular source of tension with Sen. Patrick Leahy, who has given scathing floor speeches criticizing Republicans for playing “political games” by inserting an abortion provision into the widely supported bill.