Trump prods McCon­nell on sen­tenc­ing bill

The News-Times - - OBITUARIES/NEWS -

Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell’s re­luc­tance to hold a vote on a pop­u­lar crim­i­nal jus­tice bill has an­gered top Repub­li­can senators and cre­ated an un­usual rift with a long­time GOP ally, Sen. Chuck Grass­ley of Iowa. And on Fri­day, it also brought on a tweet from Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

“Hope­fully Mitch McCon­nell will ask for a VOTE on Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Re­form,” Trump tweeted. “It is ex­tremely pop­u­lar and has strong bi­par­ti­san sup­port. It will also help a lot of peo­ple, save tax­payer dol­lars, and keep our com­mu­ni­ties safe. Go for it Mitch!”

Min­utes later Grass­ley tweeted that he and the pres­i­dent had spo­ken about “the grow­ing sup­port” for the leg­is­la­tion.

“Pres Trump told me he wants it done THIS CONGRESS,” Grass­ley tweeted.

Grass­ley has spent years work­ing to build a coali­tion around the bill and is push­ing for a year-end vote. Grass­ley says more than two-thirds of the Se­nate sup­ports it. But McCon­nell is re­fus­ing to bring the leg­is­la­tion for­ward in a stand­off that’s di­vid­ing the Repub­li­can ma­jor­ity and putting Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on the spot.

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