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>> On this vote the Yays are 87, the Nays are 12.>> The US Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill backed by President Trump to reduce sentences for certain prison inmates. Legislation that's been long in the making and meant to address the country's ballooning federal prison population. The first step act was passed by the Republican led Senate on Tuesday and now heads to the House of Representatives which is also expected to approve the measure this week.
The US has the largest prison population in the world with more than 2 million people incarcerated. Legislation would ease the way for some prisoners to win early release to half-way houses or home confinement. And modified sentencing laws putting harsh mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders. Trump tweeted his congratulations to the Senate on the bi-partisan passing of the bill, said he looked forward to signing it into law.