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Toomey Statement in Support of First Step Act

December 19, 2018
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Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) issued the following statement regarding his vote in support of the First Step Act:

"The First Step Act is an important bipartisan measure. It will enhance the fairness of certain mandatory minimum sentences and increase public safety by reducing recidivism among offenders. I'm pleased that the First Step Act includes my legislation requiring the Bureau of Prisons to provide a safe means for federal correctional officers to store their personal firearms while at work so that they can protect themselves on their commutes.

"However, the fact that the First Step Act was not subject to a full and robust amendment process represents a missed opportunity. It's particularly disappointing that Senate Democrats blocked my amendment to help victims of crime. Nonetheless, the productive reforms contained within the First Step Act outweigh the measure's shortcomings, which is why I supported its passage."