President Trump on Friday signed a sweeping criminal justice reform bill, marking a major legislative victory on an issue that garnered bipartisan support despite deep partisan gridlock on everything from immigration to health care.
“We have everybody wanting this,” Trump said before signing the bill, touting the “cross-section” of different interests that lined up behind the legislation.
The bipartisan moment was all the more noteworthy considering Trump’s ongoing clash with Congress over border-wall funding, which he insists should be included in a broader government spending package. Without an elusive deal, a funding lapse will trigger a partial government shutdown at midnight.
But on the sidelines of that fight, the House overwhelmingly approved the criminal justice bill Thursday on a 358-36 vote, after the Senate passed it 87-12. The decisive passage marks a win for Trump as well as his senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, who advocated for the bill in the face of some conservative resistance.
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