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Editorial: A good FIRST STEP

In this increasingly bitterly divisive and partisan environment in Washington, D.C., there was a glimmer of hope last week.

On Dec. 18, the U.S. Senate voted 87-12 in favor of the somewhat awkwardly named “Formerly Incarcerated Reenter Society Transformed Safely Transitioning Every Person” (or FIRST STEP) Act. The following day, the House of Representatives voted by an equally overwhelming margin (358-36) to send it to President Trump’s desk.

In the halls of Congress, where it would be hard to find agreement among Republicans and Democrats on whether the sky is blue, the two parties came together to endorse this piece of legislation designed to overhaul federal prison system regulations.

And that isn’t the only recent example of bipartisanship. The $867 billion farm bill won by large margins in the House (386-47) and Senate (87-13) and was signed into law last Thursday by the president.

There are plenty of other areas where Democrats and Republicans should b...

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