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Senate ducks filibuster on major sentencing reform with bipartisan deal
The Washington Times ^ | December 17, 2018 | Stephen Dinan

Posted on 12/17/2018 4:43:51 PM PST by jazusamo

Senators linked arms and voted Monday to advance a new bill combining sentencing and prison reforms, setting up final passage later this week and creating the groundwork for a major bipartisan compromise.

President Trump had urged GOP Senate leaders to drop their longstanding objections and allow the bipartisan bill to reach the floor, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell finally agreed, after the bill was changed a final time to win over some additional conservatives.

With those changes in hand, the measure cleared a potential filibuster on a 82-12 vote, far more than the 60 votes needed.

The Senate will now begin debating amendments, and some conservatives hope to temper the sentencing changes they fear will lead to bad actors being freed from prison time.

But Monday’s vote signals there’s a critical mass behind the bill, making passage likely.

“The product of years of negotiating and listening to each other is a bill that will reduce crime, strengthen faith in our justice system, support law enforcement, and give thousands of people a better shot at living a good life,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican and chairman of the Judiciary Committee.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: firststepact; prisonreform; sentecingreform; sentencingreform; ussenate
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1 posted on 12/17/2018 4:43:51 PM PST by jazusamo
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after the bill was changed a final time to win over some additional conservatives
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Conservatives in the Senate??? Now that’s funny.


2 posted on 12/17/2018 4:46:03 PM PST by shelterguy
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To: Yellow vest

Sounds like the Trumpster is trying to buy off the black vote. I for one do not feel sorry for anyone dumb enough to end up in the klink. There are however exceptions when the punishment does not fit the crime. The proof will be in the pudding when the recidivism rate is disclosed. I don’t think there will be any Willie Hortons released. Probably only deals with federal crimes. Am I right?


4 posted on 12/17/2018 4:53:37 PM PST by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: Yellow vest

Not surprising the Dems would be highly favoring easing up on Prisoners......a good many of them are Democratic voters.


5 posted on 12/17/2018 4:54:12 PM PST by caww
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To: DIRTYSECRET

I can’t believe Trump would be that naïve to think this is going to win over the black vote.


6 posted on 12/17/2018 4:56:41 PM PST by Shadow44
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This probably can only affect federal crimes. To my mind there are far too many crimes labeled federal that should be state. Even if a person crosses state borders to commit a simple crime like bank robbery, it should be treated as two state crimes rather than a federal crime.

There is way too much grandstanding and pretending to be "tough of crime" by senators federalizing crimes that should be kept at the state and local level.

The whole "hate crime" nonsense and the double-jeopardy evil that happens when a defendant is found innocent of a crime at the state level, but then found guilty of violating the supposed victim's civil rights at the federal level is a complete abomination.

7 posted on 12/17/2018 5:04:38 PM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: shelterguy
Conservatives in the Senate??? Now that’s funny.

All part of the act.
8 posted on 12/17/2018 5:09:15 PM PST by JoSixChip (He is Batman!)
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To: shelterguy

So these jackasses will pass a bill to protect criminals, including illegal ones, but they won’t pass a bill to protect law abiding US citizens from criminal illegal aliens. WTF!


9 posted on 12/17/2018 5:47:07 PM PST by GOPe Means Bend Over Spell Run (Vote Trump - Not Socialism!)
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Exactly. No border security or asylum reform but early release, reduced penalties and other Far left democrat favored BS, no problem.


10 posted on 12/17/2018 6:04:56 PM PST by Okeydoker
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To: jazusamo

Unless this bill explicitly requires that the prisoners being early released work on The Wall, I’m not sure that I can support the bill.


11 posted on 12/17/2018 6:18:57 PM PST by Mozzafiato
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I for one do not feel sorry for anyone dumb enough to end up in the klink.

There is not a square inch of our so-called Justice system that is not demonically corrupt.

12 posted on 12/17/2018 6:33:46 PM PST by M. Thatcher
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They need to get the real criminals back out on the streets so that they will have more room to imprison anyone that has ever worn a MAGA hat.


13 posted on 12/17/2018 6:46:46 PM PST by Pilgrim's Progress (http://www.baptistbiblebelievers.com/BYTOPICS/tabid/335/Default.aspx D)
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To: Shadow44

He probably is trying to win over his daughter and her husband.


16 posted on 12/17/2018 7:43:22 PM PST by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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He could fire them and have them stop undermining him. Every day doesn’t makes me question his judgment.


17 posted on 12/17/2018 7:51:15 PM PST by Shadow44
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

18 posted on 12/17/2018 9:00:24 PM PST by SunkenCiv (and btw -- https://www.gofundme.com/for-rotator-cuff-repair-surgery)
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...strengthen faith in our justice system,...

Nothing will strengthen faith in our justice system until the DOinJustice is purged and black robed thugs are expelled from the bench.

19 posted on 12/18/2018 12:05:52 AM PST by eartick (Stupidity is expecting the government that broke itself to go out and fix itself. Texan for TEXIT!)
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What have they got to lose?


20 posted on 12/18/2018 3:37:43 AM PST by epluribus_2 (he had the best mom - rever.)
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