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Cosponsors Double, Senate Support Continues to Grow for First Step Act

WASHINGTON – Nearly a quarter of the United States Senate has now signed on to cosponsor the new First Step Act. Twelve Republican and twelve Democratic senators are leading the way on a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reduce crime and reform America’s criminal justice system.
Since yesterday, twelve senators have cosponsored the legislation. They include Republican Senators Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) as well as Democratic Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Angus King (I-Maine).
The new First Step Act is backed by President Trump and endorsed by a number of law enforcement groups, including the nation’s largest police group.  It’s also now supported by 172 former federal prosecutors, including two former Republican U.S. attorneys general, two former deputy attorneys general and a former director of the FBI. A broad coalition of conservative, progressive, and faith groups also support the bill.
The bill has also been endorsed by the oft-divergent editorial boards of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, as well as by the editorial board of the Houston Chronicle.
More information on the legislation can be found here:
·         Bill text
·         Fact sheet
·         Section-by-section summary