Dec 20, 2018

Freedom Partners Applauds Congress for Passing Monumental First Step Act

Post by Geoff Holtzman

Arlington, VA – Today, Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for voting 358-36 to pass the bipartisan First Step Act. The bill, the most meaningful federal criminal justice reform in years, now heads to President Trump for his signature.

Freedom Partners Chairman Mark Holden released this statement:

“Today is a truly historic moment in time for our great nation. With today’s vote, the House has just passed the first major reform in years aimed at improving public safety through a more redemptive, evidence-tested approach to criminal justice. We are so grateful for the strong and overwhelmingly bipartisan support that the First Step Act received in Congress and especially grateful for the leadership of Sens. McConnell, Lee, Grassley, Durbin, and Booker, as well as Speaker Ryan and Reps. Collins and Jeffries.


“The First Step Act is based on state reforms that are proven to increase public safety, reduce recidivism, save taxpayer dollars, and help provide second chances to thousands of people who have paid their debts for society. President Trump has shown tremendous leadership on the bill and we couldn’t be more excited for him to sign it.”

Holden worked with the White House, members of Congress in both parties, and a bipartisan coalition of advocates for over a year to help generate support and momentum for the bill. The effort followed his work with the Obama administration to pass similar legislation that ultimately led to the First Step Act.

Previously this year, Freedom Partners launched digital campaigns encouraging and thanking bipartisan members of both the House and Senate for supporting the legislation as it made its way through the legislative process.