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The Republican substitute bill offered by Mrs. Hutchison and Mr. Grassley was easily defeated, as well as an amendment offered by Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, that would have accelerated the processing of rape-test kits. The current failure to examine these crime-scene tests means sex offenders are walking free, Mr. Cornyn said.

A similar amendment on rape-kit testing offered by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota Democrat, was also rejected.