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Fox issues statement in support of criminal justice reform package

The Fox Broadcasting Company issued a rare statement Thursday in support of a bipartisan prison and sentencing reform package currently being debated by the Senate.

The media company, which is made up of assets not included in 21st Century Fox's merger with The Walt Disney Co. earlier this year, cheered the bill's provisions expanding access to rehabilitation services as well as its provisions reducing mandatory minimum sentences for some crimes.

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“FOX supports the bipartisan First Step Act to limit mandatory minimum sentences, prevent recidivism and expand rehabilitation," the company said Thursday afternoon.

"FOX looks forward to providing corporate support to programs implementing these objectives and to telling the compelling stories of redemption that result from common sense criminal justice reform," the statement continued.

Several top GOP senators, including Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyRepublicans: Supreme Court won't toss ObamaCare Barrett sidesteps Democratic questions amid high-stakes grilling Democrats warn of ObamaCare threat from Barrett, Trump MORE (Iowa) are pushing for a vote on the bill before the end of 2018, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPush to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Schumer labels McConnell's scheduled coronavirus stimulus vote as 'a stunt' Pelosi gives White House 48-hour deadline for coronavirus stimulus deal MORE (R-Ky.) has indicated that such a vote is unlikely before January.

The bill has broad support from members of both parties in the Senate but faces opposition from some conservatives as well as a possible battle with the House, which in January will fall under Democratic control and may push for broader changes. As it stands, the bill only applies to federal prisoners, a small slice of the overall incarcerated population.

"GOP colleagues: NOW is time to pass crim justice reform unless your argument is that you prefer to work w Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPush to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Schumer labels McConnell's scheduled coronavirus stimulus vote as 'a stunt' Pelosi: White House made 'unacceptable changes' to testing language during negotiations on coronavirus stimulus MORE to pass a bill?" Grassley tweeted last month.

The bill has White House support, as President TrumpDonald John TrumpPolice say man dangling off Trump Tower Chicago demanding to speak with Trump Fauci says he was 'absolutely not' surprised Trump got coronavirus after Rose Garden event Biden: Trump 'continues to lie to us' about coronavirus MORE has indicated that he is prepared to sign it upon its arrival. Trump's son-in-law and senior White House adviser, Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump creates federal council on global tree planting initiative | Green group pushes for answers on delayed climate report | Carbon dioxide emissions may not surpass 2019 levels until 2027: analysis Trump creates federal government council on global tree planting initiative Kardashian West uses star power to pressure US on Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict MORE, reportedly revived the issue earlier this year, meeting with members of Congress to build support for a bipartisan package.