A rare glimmer of bipartisanship gives lawmakers hope a renewed effort to pass criminal justice reform by year’s end could work.
McConnell has pledged to bring a bill to the Senate floor if it can get the 60 votes needed to pass. Trump adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner has also prioritized the continuing negotiations for prison and sentencing reform.
Although Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) confirms the legislative text remains unsettled, a top GOP aide insists to the press both sides have gotten “close to a deal.”
A tentative agreement reportedly pairs House-passed prison reform with sentencing reforms, including reducing lifetime mandatory minimums under extenuating circumstances, reducing minimum sentences for nonviolent offenders, and enforcing the Fair Sentencing Act retroactively.