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WASHINGTON – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, met with Judge John Gleeson, a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, to discuss the unprecedented recent breakdown in bipartisan decision-making at the Commission.

In the meeting, Kennedy shared his concerns about the partisan path that the Commission has taken in recent years. In a sharp break from its traditional bipartisan practices, the Commission has forced through several major policy changes to federal sentencing rules on a party-line basis.

Gleeson acknowledged the concerns raised about the Commission’s recent practices and confirmed that the Commission will return to making changes on a bipartisan basis.

“We’re talking about public safety and the rule of law here, and I’m very, very glad to hear that the Commission is returning to its history of making changes only when there’s bipartisan agreement. I look forward to seeing the fruits of this commitment,” said Kennedy.


This April, Kennedy introduced the Consensus in Sentencing Act to require the U.S. Sentencing Commission to achieve bipartisan agreement to make major policy changes.

The legislation would amend 28 U.S.C. § 994(a) to require that amendments to the Sentencing Guidelines receive five votes from the Commission’s seven voting members. 

Full text of the Consensus in Sentencing Act is available here