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In Victory for Trump, McConnell is Allowing a Criminal Justice Vote

A criminal justice reform package had long been a priority of President Trump, but his former attorney general Jeff Sessions was a strong opponent. Now it appears it will get a vote.

By NTK Staff | 12.13.2018 @12:00pm
In Victory for Trump, McConnell is Allowing a Criminal Justice Vote

In a major victory for the Trump administration, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has indicated he will bring up a criminal justice reform bill on the Senate floor as early as Thursday.

McConnell, a tough-on-crime Republican, had long been an opponent of such a package. His allies in that effort included former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR). But with Sessions gone and Cotton losing key allies like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who now supports the bill, McConnell saw the writing on the wall.

Chief among the proponents of the bill in the Senate is Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), who chairs the Judiciary Committee. On the House side, outgoing Speaker Paul Ryan is another advocate. Within the Trump administration, daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner have been vocal supporters of criminal justice reform, as well.

Realizing that the best opportunity to pass this criminal justice reform package may be before the newest Congress is sworn in and Democrats take control of the House, McConnell is expected to bring up the bill during the lame duck session.

Here’s how the New York Times Carl Hulse described the bill:

His decision was cheered in the White House and Congress by those who considered Mr. McConnell the sole remaining impediment to bringing about both a symbolic change in how the federal justice system treats some nonviolent offenders as well as relief to some serving sentences in excess of what many law enforcement experts believe to be fair. The legislation would also change the way federal prisons prepare offenders for a return to the community.

The bill is expected to receive support from a majority of both Republicans and Democrats in the Senate. According to the times, the bill’s authors are hoping to get at least 70 votes in favor of the bill in the upper chamber.

Earlier this year, Trump met with both Kim Kardashian West and her husband, Kanye West, to discuss sentencing and prison reforms.

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