Grassley responds to Obama’s NAACP speech

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U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, made the following statement after President Obama’s speech at the NAACP Annual Convention. During that speech, the President made note of the disproportionate number of minorities in prison and the need to address the issue.

“For several months a group of senators, including Republicans and Democrats, has been working in good faith on a possible criminal justice bill that encompasses a range of issues, including both front-end solutions such as safety valves and reductions in mandatory minimums in certain situations, and back-end solutions such as prison reform.  Legislating takes a lot of hard work.  We’ve had hours of meaningful discussions up to this point, and those of us in the room are committed to trying to reach an agreement that can gain wide bipartisan support.”