First Step Act Passes Senate

I am pleased to report that the First Step Act has passed the U.S. Senate. The legislation faced a last minute test from three amendments posed by Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and John Kennedy (R-AL). But ultimately, the Senate voted down each of the proposed amendments on a bipartisan basis. The first amendment was voted down 67-32. The second was disapproved by a vote of 66-33. The final amendment was voted down 62-37.

First Step Act Passes Senate

After resolving the Cotton amendments, the Senate passed an amendment that was proposed by Ted Cruz (R-TX), and then passed the legislation by a vote of 87-12.

First Step Act in the House

The bill will now be sent to the U.S. House of Representatives for a vote, which very well may occur this week. If passed by the House this week, the President could sign the measure into law before Christmas.

I will have a detailed analysis of the final measure passed by the Senate most likely by this coming Sunday.

About Brandon Sample

Brandon Sample is an attorney, author, and criminal justice reform activist.Brandon’s law practice is focused on federal criminal defense, federal appeals, federal post-conviction relief, federal civil rights litigation, federal administrative law, and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

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  1. Lydia Mathews on December 19, 2018 at 11:28 am

    I’m a 70 yr old mother of my only son that was sentence 20 years. My only son has 10 more years left of confinement. But do I have 10yrs of life left to live to see my only son FREE and be given a chance to start his life over again. I pray and hope that the FIRST STEP BILL will help. Thank you

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