Sen. Cotton Tom (R-AR) sidelined Democrats on Wednesday for supporting the First Step Act, which passed in the chamber in 2018 by an 87-12 vote and signed into law by the then President. Donald Trump. The law is a broad-based criminal justice reform measure aimed at reducing recidivism and incarceration.
Cotton is stop endorsement by eight US attorneys for him speak The Justice Department should offer legal protections to four US police chiefs who are being sued for actions they took during civil unrest in Portland, Oregon in 2020. One person pay one case was that a man was shot in the head with a “bomb, explosive bullet”.
Equal Cotton made his remarks on the Senate floor Wednesday, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) seemed surprised by the Arkansas senator’s way of framing the issue.
“Your own party voted yes for the First Step Act to put thousands of violent offenders back on the streets, who have now committed countless violent crimes,” Cotton said. “Your own party marched and shouted in the streets for bringing down the police. It was the leader of the democratic class who blocked my resolution in the summer of 2020 to condemn the act of sabotaging the police movement.”
Like a chair about to recognize Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), an impoverished Durbin asked her to give up the ground, which she did.
“Action first step?” Durbin said in disbelief. “Did the Democrats make the First Step Act? Republicans have the majority. It’s a bill sponsored by Senators Grassley, Durbin, Lee, and many others. And who signed it into law? Donald Trump signed it into law, the so-called Democratic measure.”
After Masto spoke, Cotton addressed Durbin’s comments.
“In response to the senator from Illinois, yes, it is true that President Trump signed the First Step Act,” Cotton said. “The First Step Act is the worst mistake of the Trump administration. Yes, it is true that some Republican senators voted for it. They were wrong.”
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