Jun 12, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Kushner whipping support for prison reform in the Senate

Jared Kushner looks out of the corner of his eye with his head tilted up
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Jared Kushner has been meeting with Senators on the Hill today whipping support for the White House-backed prison reform bill that passed in the House last month, deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley told Axios in a statement.

Big picture: The bill would send around 4,000 inmates home, incentivize participation in rehabilitation programs and provide hygiene products to incarcerated women. It received wide bipartisan support in the House, but in the Senate, Republican Chuck Grassley and Democrats Dick Durbin, Kamala Harris and Cory Booker are adamantly opposed to any bill that does not lower harsh federal sentencing guidelines. But adding these measures would likely lose needed hardline Republican support.

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