Major criminal justice reform bill makes its way today to the Senate...

Major criminal justice reform bill makes its way today to the Senate floor for a procedural vote

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Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) at the Tuesday briefing, December 11, 2018, (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian)
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) at the Tuesday briefing, December 11, 2018, (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian)

ON THE HILL WITH DOUG CHRISTIAN

CAPITOL HILL – The Senate reconvenes at 3 this afternoon to bring S. 3649, the First Step Act, to the floor for a procedural vote. This bill continues House Resolution 5682, passed on May 22.

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas), who sponsored an earlier version of the bill on May 7, S. 2795, said of the bill:

(Audio: Cornyn says that with a few amendments, Republicans are committed to bringing this bill to the floor for a vote.)

Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who is also a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, says of the bill:

(Audio: Durbin: bipartisan support.)

President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign the bill, says that “our whole Nation benefits if former inmates are able to reenter society as productive, law-abiding citizens.”

Doug Christian, Capitol Hill

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