US Congress

Key Conservative Tells Congress: Pass Sentencing Reform

Mark Holden, General Counsel of Koch Industries, says the newest version of the long-delayed prison reform and sentencing overhaul bill, passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday, will further President Trump’s campaign pledge of helping America’s “forgotten men and women”—including those behind bars.

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Top Lawmaker: I’ll Fight Trump Police Cuts ‘Tooth and Nail’

Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), co-chair of the House Law Enforcement Caucus, says the Trump plan to downgrade the Community Oriented Policing Services Office is an “odd way…to show support for the brave men and women in blue who rely on the office and grants to keep our neighborhoods safe.”

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Trump Budget Seeks $13B for Opioids, $23B for Border

The White House budget proposal to Congress for the next fiscal year includes a large sum aimed at combatting the opioid epidemic and an even-larger amount for border security and immigration enforcement, including the southern border wall.

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Raising the Minimum Wage Can Reduce Recidivism: Study

Every one-dollar increase in minimum wage decreases recidivism rates by four percent, according to a study of six million state prisoners between 2000 and 2014. The working paper is written by two economists who say their findings support arguments that higher wages in unskilled jobs make former prisoners less likely to look for illegal sources of income.

Top Trump Aide Porter to Quit Over Abuse Charges

White House staff secretary Rob Porter said he would resign after his two ex-wives accused him of physical and emotional abuse, with one presenting pictures of her blackened eye. Porter has functioned as Chief of Staff John Kelly’s top enforcer in their shared mission to instill discipline and order in what had become a chaotic West Wing.