Press Release, Office of Maryland Senator Ben Cardin

WASHINGTONSenator Ben Cardin (D-Md.)has joined the growing list of cosponsors of the newFirst Step Act(S.3649). Twenty-eight senators, 14 Republicans and 14 Democrats, have now sponsored the legislation to reform America’s criminal justice system.

“I strongly support the bipartisan First Step Act, which makes long overdue changes to our broken criminal justice system. It makes key sentencing and prison reform improvements and would create a more reasonable legal system as we strive to provide equal justice under the law to all Americans. Senator McConnell should bring this legislation to the floor without further delay. It is clear that our bill would garner overwhelming bipartisan approval in both the Senate and House,”Senator Cardin said.

In addition to Senator Cardin, other cosponsors of theFirst Step Actinclude:

  1. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)
  2. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)
  3. Mike Lee (R-Utah)
  4. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)
  5. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)
  6. Cory Booker (D-N.J.)
  7. Tim Scott (R-S.C.)
  8. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)
  9. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa)
  10. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.)
  11. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)
  12. Chris Coons (D-Del.)
  13. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.),
  14. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.),
  15. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.),
  16. Doug Jones (D-Ala.),
  17. Susan Collins (R-Maine),
  18. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.),
  19. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.),
  20. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.),
  21. Rand Paul (R-Ky.),
  22. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii)
  23. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)
  24. Angus King (I-Maine).
  25. Todd Young (R-Ind.)
  26. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii)
  27. Bill Cassidy (R-La.)

Here is a full list of cosponsors and endorsements from other organizations.

TheFirst Step Actis backed by President Trump and endorsed by a number of law enforcement groups, including thenation’s largest police group. It’salso now supported by 172 former federal prosecutorsincluding two former Republican U.S. attorneys general, two former deputy attorneys general and a former director of the FBI along withsheriffs from 34 statesacross the country. The National Governor’s Association, which represents the governors of all 50 states,praised the billearlier this week. And a broad coalition of conservative, progressive, and faith groups also support the bill.

The bill has also been endorsed by the oft-divergent editorial boards of theNew York Times and the Wall Street Journal, as well as by the editorial board of theHouston Chronicle.

More information on the legislation can be found here: