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Grassley-Sessions Feud Over Criminal Justice Reform Erupts on Twitter

Chuck Grassley wrote that he was “incensed” by the actions of Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week.

By NTK Staff | 02.16.2018 @3:30pm
Grassley-Sessions Feud Over Criminal Justice Reform Erupts on Twitter

A longstanding dispute between Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Attorney General Jeff Sessions spilled out into public view this week when the Justice Department sent a letter to Grassley regarding his efforts to advance a bipartisan sentencing reform bill.

In his letter, Sessions argued that sentencing reform would have “potential ramifications” that could complicate efforts to contain gangs like MS-13.

The Grassley legislation would do the following:

[R]educe the length of mandatory minimum sentences for repeat nonviolent drug offenses, eliminate the “three strike” provision that requires a life sentence, and give judges expanded authority to issue shorter-than-mandatory minimum sentences for low-level crimes.

The bill has bipartisan support in the Senate, but “fl[ies] in the face” of Sessions’ effort to launch a “new war on drugs,” according to The Washington Post. Sessions’ letter said passing the bill would be a “grave error.”

Grassley took to Twitter to remind Sessions about how laws are made and subsequently enforces in this country:

The legislation sailed through the Judiciary Committee on Thursday by a 16-5 vote. Whether Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will bring the bill up for a vote on the Senate floor is an open question. A similar bill in 2015 never got a vote.

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