Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the Hidden Heroes 3rd Annual National Convening at the Capital Hilton in Washington, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Pence, Kushner head to Capitol for criminal justice push

A rare bipartisan coalition is pushing for the criminal justice bill

November 27, 2018 - 1:11 pm

By MARY CLARE JALONICK ,  Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, are visiting Capitol Hill as lawmakers from both major political parties push Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to hold a vote on a rewrite of the nation's criminal justice sentencing laws.

A rare bipartisan coalition is pushing for the criminal justice bill. The legislation would revise 1980s and '90s-era federal "tough on crime" laws by boosting rehabilitation efforts for federal prisoners and giving judges more discretion when sentencing nonviolent offenders, particularly for drug offenses.

Senators announced a bipartisan agreement on the legislation earlier this month, but McConnell has yet to say whether he will hold a vote on the bill.

Pence and Kushner are expected to push McConnell on the legislation Tuesday at a private luncheon for Republican senators.


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