HISTORY MADE: FIRST STEP CLEARS BOTH CHAMBERS

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FIRST STEP ACT PASSES FINAL VOTE IN HOUSE WITH 358 VOTES; HEADS TO PRESIDENT TRUMP’S DESK FOR SIGNATURE  Historic Criminal Justice Reform Bill Passes House and Senate with Overwhelming Bipartisan Majority (Washington, D.C.) Today, the House of Representatives passed the FIRST STEP Act by a vote of 358-36, after a 87-12 vote in the Senate, paving the way for the bill to become law. The first-of-its kind, historic criminal justice reform legislation now heads to President Trump’s desk for his signature. Years in the making, this bill is the most comprehensive criminal justice reform ever passed by both chambers of U.S. Congress. The landmark legislation was spearheaded by bipartisan partnership of …

U.S. SENATE PASSES FIRST STEP ACT WITH 87-12 VOTE; LEGISLATION EXPECTED TO FLY THROUGH HOUSE, HEAD TO POTUS’S DESK

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AN HISTORIC MOMENT FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM  U.S. SENATE PASSES FIRST STEP ACT WITH 87-12 VOTE; LEGISLATION EXPECTED TO FLY THROUGH HOUSE, HEAD TO POTUS’S DESK  Cotton & Kennedy Poison Pill Amendments Overwhelmingly Defeated on Bipartisan Basis; (Washington, D.C.) Tonight, the Senate passed the most comprehensive criminal justice reform bill in a generation, the First Step Act, with an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 87-12. The groundbreaking prison and sentencing reform bill was supported by senators on both sides of the aisle, the majority of voters, and a number of distinguished groups including the Fraternal Order of Police, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, The National Governor’s Association, The National Association of Manufacturers, …

FLOOR DEBATE BEGINS ON THE FIRST STEP ACT

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Leader McConnell Follows Through on Commitment to Bring Historic Measure to a Vote SENATORS OF BOTH PARTIES EXPECTED TO ADD THEIR VOICES; SUPPORT EXPECTED TO EXCEED 70 VOTES (Washington, D.C.) Today, the Senate made history as Leader McConnell filed for cloture on the FIRST STEP Act, the most significant federal criminal justice reform legislation in a generation. The prison and sentencing reforms in the bill have overwhelming  support on both sides of the aisle, and polling shows the majority of voters in the country approve of the bill, including over 80% of Republicans. The legislation is expected to receive support from at least 70 Senators, and a majority in both parties. President Trump endorsed the …

MAJOR ASSOCIATIONS, NATIONAL AND STATE CHAMBER GROUPS, JOB CREATORS SEEK TO TAKE INCARCERATED INDIVIDUALS FROM “PRISONS TO PAYCHECKS”

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On Wednesday, December 5, business leaders and prominent skilled labor networks, including the  National Association of Homebuilders, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, and the U.S. Chamber, joined with Justice Action Network in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, urging support for prison reforms, such as those included in the First Step Act, which they say would help job creators develop a new skilled workforce to fill hundreds of thousands of open jobs. You can read the full text of the letter below.   Dear Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader Schumer, Speaker Ryan, and Minority Leader Pelosi: …

BREAKING NEWS: CHAIRMAN GRASSLEY SAYS HE WOULD PRIORITIZE FIRST STEP ACT OVER JUDGES IN EFFORT TO GET THE BILL A VOTE THIS YEAR

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Grassley, Durbin Reveal Supermajority Whip Count, Including 28+ On The GOP Side Senators Durbin, Grassley, and Lee Address Washington Post Live Audience and Lay Out Current Challenges, Opportunities and The Road Ahead on Criminal Justice Reform  Washington, D.C. – Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley doubled down on his effort to get the First Step Act a vote before the end of the year, even saying he would prioritize the bill over other measures, including judicial nominations. The Chairman appeared in lockstep with his Democratic colleague Senator Dick Durbin at the Washington Post Live event sponsored by the Justice Action Network, as both leaders expressed an urgency to getting the bill …