President Donald Trump’s role in helping pass a prison reform bill in the Senate was so significant that CNN and Democrats are showering him with praise.
During a segment on CNN’s “Newsroom,” co-hosts Jim Sciutto and Poppy Harlow praised the president and Jared Kushner, his son-in-law, for playing a big role in getting the First Step Act passed in the Senate this month.
“So many people & administrations have pushed for [criminal justice reform] and it’s the Trump administration that got it,” Harlow said.
“The endorsement from the president was ultimately a key step that helped convince others to support the bill and get [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell to bring it to the floor for a vote,” Jeremy Diamond said.
“Activists under former administrations, including the Obama administrations, tried for years to push this bill through,” Diamond added, noting that it was the Trump administration that got it done.
Several top Democrats have praised Trump for supporting the bill and playing a key role in getting it over a major hurdle in Congress.
Here’s what Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, said:
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., had a similar response:
Even CNN’s Van Jones was thrilled with the bill passing in the Senate:
The First Step Act bill passed the Senate on Tuesday by a margin of 87-12.
Among other things, the bill will allow up to 4,000 nonviolent criminals to be released early from prison, allow more inmates to serve on house arrest or at halfway homes, and give judges more discretion in giving less than the mandatory minimum for certain low-level crimes.
The bill will go back to the House for a vote, where it is also expected to pass. Then, it will go to Trump’s desk for signature, where it will be signed into law.
Amazing to see that the Obama administration could not pass the bill, but a Republican-controlled White House and Congress got it done.