This afternoon I had several lengthy conversations on the crack/powder cocaine sentencing disparity with Senators on the Judiciary Committee. All off the record. One thing is clear: The problem is not votes it is political will. In the House the numbers are so overwhelming it H.R. 3245 could pass on forward momentum. In the Senate there is very little political incentive to make a change that could be played out during a campaign as a “soft on crime” vote.
Everyone agrees, on both sides of the isle, that the disparity in crack and powder cocaine sentencing should be changed. The problem is being on record politically when the change is made. This problem is on the Democratic side.