WASHINGTON – Nearly a quarter of the United States Senate has now signed on to cosponsor the new First Step Act. Twelve Republican and twelve Democratic senators are leading the way on a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reduce crime and reform America’s criminal justice system.

Since yesterday, twelve senators have cosponsored the legislation. They include Republican Senators Jeff Flake of Arizona, Pat Roberts of Kansas, Susan Collins of Maine, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Rob Portman of Ohio as well as Democratic Senators Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Doug Jones of Alabama, Tammy Duckworth of  Illinois, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Angus King of Maine.

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

The new First Step Act is backed by President Trump and endorsed by a number of law enforcement groups, including the nation’s largest police group.  It’s also now supported by 172 former federal prosecutors, including two former Republican U.S. attorneys general, two former deputy attorneys general and a former director of the FBI. 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 the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, as well as by the editorial board of the Houston Chronicle.

More information on the legislation can be found here: