1. President Trump shakes hands and steps up to podium
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, US President:
"Working together with my administration over the last two years, these members have reached a bipartisan agreement. Did I hear the word bipartisan? (Laughter) Did I hear, did I hear that word? Huh? That's a nice word, bipartisan agreement on prison reform legislation known as The First Step, and that's what it is, it's a first step. But it's a very big first step. Today I'm thrilled to announce my support for this bipartisan bill that will make our communities safer and give former inmates a second chance at life after they have served their time."
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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, US President:
"Americans from across the political spectrum can unite around prison reform legislation that will reduce crime while giving our fellow citizens a chance at redemption. So if something happens and they make a mistake, they get a second chance at life. Today's announcement shows that true bipartisanship is possible and maybe it will be thriving, if we're going to get something done. When Republicans and Democrats talk, debate and seek common ground, we can achieve breakthroughs that move our country forward and deliver for our citizens and that's what we're doing today and I have great respect for the people standing alongside of me. I urge lawmakers in both House and Senate to work hard and to act quickly and send a final bill to my desk and I look very much forward to signing it. This is a big breakthrough for a lot of people, they've been talking about this for many many years. I want to thank Jared Kushner for working so hard on the bill, thank you, Jared. (applause) He really did, he worked very hard. He feels very deeply about it. And it's my honor to to be involved and it'll be an even greater honor to sign. So Good Luck Chuck and Mike and Grant and everybody, Lindsay, everybody back here, go out and see if you can get that done. And if you can, I'm waiting. I'll be waiting with a pen and we will have done something, we will have have done something that hasn't been done in many many years. And it's the right thing to do. It's the right thing to do. Thank you all very much. Thank you very much."
President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced his support for the first major rewrite of the nation's criminal justice sentencing laws in a generation.
"Today I'm thrilled to announce my support for this bipartisan bill that will make our communities safer and give former inmates a second chance at life after they have served their time," Trump said at the White House, hailing the deal as proof that "true bipartisanship is possible."
Lawmakers reached an agreement this week on the bipartisan legislation that would boost rehabilitation efforts for federal prisoners and give judges more discretion when sentencing nonviolent offenders, particularly for drug offenses.
Criminal justice reform has been a priority of Trump's son-in-law, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, who has been working on the issue for many months.
Trump pushed for swift passage of the legislation, potentially during the lame-duck session of Congress.
"I'll be waiting with a pen," he said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was cautious about the bill's prospects on Wednesday.
He told reporters Wednesday that GOP leaders would gauge the bill's support once they have a final proposal in hand.