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Key Vote

Key Vote Alert on the Cotton-Kennedy Amendment to the First Step Act

As noted on our key vote alert for the First Step Act, FreedomWorks reserved the right to score any related votes including amendments. Accordingly, we will be scoring on our 2018 Congressional Scorecard vote(s) on the Cotton-Kennedy amendment to the legislation, which includes three divisions of deceitfully crafted poison pills each intended to harm the legislation and upset the supermajority support for criminal justice reform in the Senate.

12/18/2018
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Blog

The Senate Must Reject Poison Pill Amendments to the First Step Act

On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) filed cloture on the motion to concur to the House amendment to S. 756. The bill will serve as the vehicle for the First Step Act, the prison and sentencing reform bill supported by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).

12/14/2018
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Key Vote

Key Vote YES on the First Step Act Amendment to S. 756

On behalf of our activist community, I urge you to contact your senators and urge them to vote YES on the First Step Act amendment to S. 756, sponsored by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). The First Step Act would reform the federal criminal justice system to make our communities safer by reducing crime and focusing limited resources on the most dangerous offenders.

12/14/2018
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Press Release

Leader McConnell Makes the Right Choice to Hold Floor Vote on First Step Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to Senate Majority Leader McConnell’s (R- Ky.) announcement today that the Senate will vote on the First Step Act by the end of the month, Jason Pye, FreedomWorks Vice President of Legislative Affairs, commented:

12/11/2018
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Press Release

FOX is Right to Support First Step Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to FOX’s statement today in support of the First Step Act, a landmark piece of criminal justice reform legislation being considered by the Senate, Jason Pye, FreedomWorks Vice President of Legislative Affairs, commented:

12/06/2018
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Blog

A Last Shot at Reining in IRS Abuse of Asset Forfeiture in the 115th Congress

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has a long, well-documented history of abusing federal forfeiture laws. They seize assets from innocent Americans on the mere suspicion of malfeasance. If the IRS believes a citizen is structuring deposits to avoid reporting requirements, the agency can seize your money. Administrative reforms were made in 2015 to roll back some abuses, but there is still much work to be done.

12/04/2018
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Blog

The First Step Act is Anything but Flawed

The myths surrounding the First Step Act continue to emerge, most frequently from Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), the bill’s most outspoken critic. The First Step Act, S. 3649, which was carefully drafted by a bipartisan group of lawmakers in Congress, is supported by President Trump, over 150 former federal prosecutors, multiple law enforcement agencies, a wide base of faith leaders, and conservative policy groups both in Washington and across the country.

12/03/2018
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Blog

Supreme Court Likely to Deliver a Long Overdue Blow to Civil Asset Forfeiture

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Timbs v. Indiana. The case centers around the use of civil asset forfeiture and whether or not to incorporate the Excessive Fines Clause of the Eighth Amendment to the states. Although the Court won’t decide the case until next year, the oral arguments show that most of the justices appear ready to deal a long overdue blow to civil asset forfeiture.

11/30/2018
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Op-ed Placement

GOP Road to Retaking Majority Begins With Lame Duck Action

BY Adam Brandon

Republicans may have lost the House of Representatives, but there is still an opportunity for substantial legislative victories in the lame duck session. Republicans lost the House because they failed to govern by their small government, constitutional principles. All eyes now turn to Senate Republicans to make good on their promises.

11/27/2018
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Issue Analysis

Separating Facts from Fiction on the First Step Act

Originally published on November 21, 2018. Last revised on December 3, 2018.

11/21/2018

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