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  •  It had to pass the House (10+ / 0-)

    The WH has long been on board; here's Gibb's statement in March:

    Statement by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs
    March 11, 2010
    "In a unanimous vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee took an important and historic step today by advancing a bill that will greatly reduce the disparity in sentences between crack and powder cocaine offenses. While the President believes this disparity should be eliminated completely, he would like to thank Senator Durbin for introducing this important bill, as well as Chairman Leahy and Senators Graham, Coburn, Sessions and Hatch for their leadership on this issue."

    "Under current law, it takes 100 times more powder cocaine than crack cocaine to trigger the same mandatory minimum sentences – a policy that does not serve the goals of law enforcement. This bill will lower the sentencing disparity to 18 to 1 and it will reform policies that experts have long argued undermines trust in the criminal justice system and diverts resources away from the prosecution of large scale drug traffickers."' New Science-Based Climate Change Agency

    by GN1927 on Wed Jul 28, 2010 at 01:45:13 PM PDT

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