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  • Here Are the 'Improvements' That Won a Senate Vote on Sentencing Reform

    When he finally agreed to schedule a vote on the prison and sentencing reform bill known as the FIRST STEP Act, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) cited "improvements to the legislation that have been secured by several members." Whether these changes actually count as improvements depends on your perspective, but they were crucial to gaining the support of Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and a few other Republican senators who were initially opposed to the bill, which according to New York Times...
  • Senate to vote on criminal justice reform this year

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that the chamber will vote on a slimmed-down criminal justice reform bill before Congress shuts down for the year, delivering what could be a major victory to President Trump. Mr. McConnell had been a major hurdle to the bill, which combines rehabilitation programs
  • Senate votes to end debate on criminal justice reform bill

    The Senate advanced a White House-backed criminal justice reform bill on Monday, paving the way for senators to try to pass the bill as early as Tuesday.Senators voted 82-12 to end debate on the legislation, which

  • McConnell: Senate could vote on criminal justice reform bill this week

    WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday that the Senate will vote on a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill as soon as this week — after claiming earlier there wasn’t enough time to take up the legislation. “As a result of this additional legislative business, members should now be prepared to work between

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