McConnell sets Monday test vote on criminal justice bill
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLawmakers skeptical of progress on spending deal as wall battle looms Impeachment battle looms over must-pass defense bill 'Saturday Night Live' presents Trump impeachment hearings with 'pizzazz' of soap opera MORE (R-Ky.) is teeing up a first vote on a White House-backed criminal justice bill for early next week. 

McConnell, wrapping up the Senate's work for the week, scheduled a procedural vote for 5:30 p.m. on Monday. 
 
It will mark a crucial test of the bill's backing, where supporters will need to put up 60 votes to advance the bill. If they're successful, a final vote is expected to take place as late as Wednesday. 
 
Supporters say they have at least 70 votes for the measure, though official cosponsors are at 35, according to Congress.gov
 
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The bill merges a House-passed prison reform measure with a handful of reforms to sentencing laws. Supporters rolled out a new version of the bill this week with changes aimed winning over more Republican support. The changes include adding additional crimes to a list of offenses that exclude an individual from the bill's earned time credits, which can shave time off a sentence.
 
Though the bill has broad support among both parties, it's run into vocal opposition from conservative senators who worry that it will allow repeat felons out of jail. 
 
"I asked to have a hearing, I was told no, no hearing. I think that's a mistake, but the majority rules," Sen. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.) told reporters, adding that he had a hold on the bill that would force leadership to file cloture on the legislation. 
 
Kennedy and Sen. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonTom Cotton's only Democratic rival quits race in Arkansas Schumer concerned by Army's use of TikTok, other Chinese social media platforms Progressive freshmen jump into leadership PAC fundraising MORE (R-Ark.) are expected to get votes on changes they want to the bill next week, if the legislation is able to get over Monday's hurdle. The amendments will only need a simple majority, meaning some Republicans will have to vote against them to keep the provisions from being added to the legislation. 
 
"We’ve got to talk about how we’re going to respond to it. Whether we just vote it down or have a [competing] side-by-side," said Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Democratic senators introduce bill to push ICE to stop 'overuse' of solitary confinement Pentagon watchdog declines to investigate hold on Ukraine aid MORE (D-Ill.), asked about Cotton's proposed changes.