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AFP Thanks Senators for Standing Up for Safer Streets and Second Chances

Nov 27, 2018 by AFP

ARLINGTON, Va. – Americans for Prosperity (AFP) today applauded Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Susan Collins (R-ME), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Doug Jones (D-AL) , and Pat Roberts (R-KS) for co-sponsoring the FIRST STEP Act – legislation that will reduce crime and recidivism, make federal sentencing laws more just, and help people who deserve a second chance. AFP has launched digital ads in each of the senators’ respective states thanking them for their support.

Americans for Prosperity has been at the forefront of supporting the FIRST STEP Act. Earlier this year, the grassroots group issued a Key Vote Alert calling on Representatives to vote ‘YES’ on the legislation. The group’s efforts have included grassroots outreach through phone-banking, direct mail, and digital advertisements in key areas.

AFP President Tim Phillips issued the following statement:

“We are encouraged by the overwhelming support for bipartisan criminal justice reform and applaud the efforts of the FIRST STEP Act’s co-sponsors. This landmark legislation will reduce recidivism by giving people who have paid their debt to society the tools they need to become contributing members of their communities when they return. We urge Leader McConnell to give the FIRST STEP Act its day on the Senate floor.”


President Trump, senators from both parties, and major law enforcement groups like the Fraternal Order of Police all recently endorsed the FIRST STEP Act. The House of Representatives passed the FIRST STEP Act earlier this year.

Freedom Partners recently released a national poll showing that over 80 percent of voters approve of the FIRST STEP Act.

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