Congress comes together on bipartisan criminal justice reform

Meanwhile, Congress still needs to pass legislation that addresses funding for the president's border wall before a government shutdown on Friday. ABC News' Lana Zak reports.
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We begin with a rare bipartisan effort in Washington overnight the senate passed a landmark bill that will reform the nation's criminal justice system. Reducing the prison population and changing sentencing guidelines meanwhile there are new signs that congress and the president could be nearing a deal to avoid a government shutdown over the president's five billion dollar border wall ABC's lot of Zach has all the. Good morning to you DNA and had this when it comes to avoiding a government shut down the White House says there waiting for congress to act. But congress says that they need to know what the president will accept. Congress appears to be optimistic about their efforts to come up with a bipartisan deal that would avoid a government shut down for being goes out there. Obama wants a small children but whatever congress agrees to heads to the president for approval and he is still old wild card. After insisting last week that he would be proud to shut down the government if you didn't get five billion dollars towards his bordering all. It seems at the president's position has softened. Let us. Yeah. Throws white house Press Secretary Sarah Sanders indicated the president would consider other options the presence asks everyone was canister carries a look for funding that can be used. To protect our borders but the immediate legal and congressional Chal. Justin that we cannot accept the offer they made of a billion dollar slush fund for the president to implement kids. I'm very wrong immigration policies. Meanwhile the senate came together Republicans and Democrats to pass criminal justice reform it. It's been described as the most significant changes to prison sentencing laws in a generation the bill expands job training am makes changes to mandatory minimum sentences. The president tweeting overnight dismal keep our community safer improvised hope in the second chance to those who earn it. I look forward to signing this into law. If the bill. And automatic life sentences for third time drug offenders and it also requires that prisoners are incarcerated within 500 miles of their homes. It now heads to the house where it is expected to pass an estimate and white house of either your Kush are getting some credit for helping the little long want to think you'll.

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