House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) discusses foreign policy, the possible government shutdown, and more.
CJR! Legislation that would ease federal sentencing laws for some offenders cleared its first major test vote Monday, garnering overwhelming support in both parties even as some conservatives portrayed the bill as soft on crime. The Senate voted 82-12 to advance the bill. A vote on final passage would come later in the week, but not until the chamber has debated and voted on a series of amendments from opponents that will be brought up Tuesday. The bill would give judges more discretion when sentencing drug offenders and allow about 2,600 federal prisoners sentenced for crack cocaine offenses before August 2010 the opportunity to petition for a reduced penalty. The bill also encourages prisoners to participate in programs designed to reduce the risk of recidivism, with the reward being the accumulation of credits that can be used to gain an earlier release to a halfway house or home confinement to finish out their sentence. To win over wary senators, sponsors tweaked the bill to prevent those convicted of violent firearm offenses, sexual exploitation of children and high-level fentanyl and heroin dealing from participating in the supervised release program -- but Senator Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and others want to expand that list. (Audio)
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) discusses his concerns of the criminal justice reform bill, advice to his collegaues running for president and more.
Andrew McCarthy, bestselling author, contributing editor at National Review, former Asst. U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York & Fox News Contributor, joins Guy Benson to talk news of the day.
Rich Lowry, editor of National Review and syndicated columnist, talks about the possible government shutdown, James Comey and more.