Drug Policy

Rand Paul To Work With Obama Administration on Mandatory Minimum Reforms

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Reforming mandatory minimums is an issue that Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has been pushing (no pun intended) for a while now — including during an appearance at historically black Howard University earlier this year.

A Paul staffer said the potential 2016 presidential candidate, who has already proposed a bill giving judges more leeway in sentencing drug offenders below the mandatory minimums, will work with the Obama administration on the issue.

"This is already a bipartisan issue, led in the Senate by Sens. Paul, [Patrick] Leahy, [Mike] Lee and [Richard] Durbin," said the staffer, granted anonymity to discuss strategy. "Senator Paul believes strongly in this issue and that we must find a solution. He is pleased to work with all who agree and want to push forward."