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OffbeatSentencing bill splits conservatives but expected to pass

22:55  17 december  2018
22:55  17 december  2018 Source:   msn.com

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The Senate is expected to advance the bill Monday. Final passage would come later in the week, but not until the chamber has debated and voted on a series of amendments. Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and others want to exclude more prisoners from earning earlier release to a halfway

Legislation to ease federal sentencing laws is pitting conservatives against each other as President Donald That’s between them and the voters in their state.” The bill has created a unique split in the GOP camp, while If the legislation passes the Senate, the House is expected to approve it quickly.

Sentencing bill splits conservatives but expected to pass © The Associated Press FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington. Legislation to ease federal sentencing laws is pitting conservatives against each other as President Donald Trump looks to score a major legislative win before the end of the year. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

WASHINGTON — Legislation to ease federal sentencing laws is pitting conservatives against each other as President Donald Trump looks to score a major legislative win before the end of the year.

The Senate is expected to advance the bill Monday. Final passage would come later in the week, but not until the chamber has debated and voted on a series of amendments.

Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and others want to exclude more prisoners from earning earlier release to a halfway house or home confinement. They also want to require that crime victims are notified before a prisoner is granted supervised release.

Supporters of the bill warn the amendments could cause the compromise to unravel.

If the legislation passes the Senate, the House is expected to approve it quickly.

Flynn asks for permission to go to Rhode Island as sentencing looms.
Former national security adviser Michael Flynn asked a federal judge on Wednesday to allow him to stay in Rhode Island as well as Washington, DC, and to travel between the two before he is sentenced. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

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