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Senate overwhelmingly passes criminal justice overhaul

Dec. 18, 2018 9:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed a sweeping criminal justice bill Tuesday that addresses concerns that the nation's war on drugs had led to the imprisonment of too many Americans for non-violent crimes without adequately preparing them for their return to society. Senate passage of the bill by a vote of...

Kushner credited for pushing rare bipartisan bill

Dec. 18, 2018 9:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was the first time many liberal advocates had set foot inside President Donald Trump's White House. And they came at the invitation of presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner — a top White House adviser whom many liberal and good-government groups have criticized, questioning his...

Grassley doubts Cohen allegation tying president to crime

Dec. 12, 2018 1:57 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Sen. Charles Grassley says President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen may be truthfully pleading guilty to federal crimes but it's difficult to believe him when he implicates the president in crimes. Cohen was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for tax evasion,...

Facing pressure, McConnell agrees to criminal justice vote

Dec. 11, 2018 6:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under pressure from President Donald Trump and many of his Republican colleagues, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he will bring legislation to the floor to overhaul the nation's federal sentencing laws. McConnell's decision comes after more than three years of...

Trump prods McConnell on sentencing bill: 'Go for it Mitch!'

Dec. 7, 2018 8:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's reluctance to hold a vote on a popular criminal justice bill has angered top Republican senators and created an unusual rift with a longtime GOP ally, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa. And on Friday, it also brought on a tweet from President Donald...

Grassley all in for Trump in 2020, won't support challengers

Dec. 5, 2018 3:48 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Sen. Chuck Grassley says he will not support any Republican challenger to President Donald Trump in the primary ahead of the 2020 election. Grassley said Wednesday he will be supporting Trump. He says anyone is welcome to campaign in Iowa, which holds the first in the nation caucus,...

Senators say they've met threshold for criminal justice vote

Dec. 4, 2018 6:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supporters of a criminal justice bill say they have met the threshold set by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for getting a vote. Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa., said he now has support for the legislation from more than half of the Republicans in the chamber....

New momentum in veterans' fight for medical marijuana

Dec. 2, 2018 3:02 AM EST

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Military veterans lobbying for an end to federal classification of marijuana as a lethal substance with no redeeming medicinal value may be closer to that goal than ever before, given the midterm election results. Between the Democratic takeover of the House of Representatives, the...

Senators consider sentencing bill tweaks to satisfy sheriffs

Nov. 29, 2018 6:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators are considering changes to criminal justice legislation to appease Republicans and law enforcement groups as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell weighs whether to bring the bipartisan legislation up for a vote before the end of the year. Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2...

GOP weighs decision on criminal justice bill amid Trump push

Nov. 27, 2018 6:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators debated the path forward for an overhaul of the nation's criminal sentencing laws Tuesday after a visit from Vice President Mike Pence, suggesting parts of the bill may need to be rewritten before Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will hold a vote. Pence and...