Flashback - Sanders on 1994 Crime Bill: Not Perfect But ‘I Am Going to Vote for It Again’

‘There is no question in my mind that this bill, in a dozen different ways, is a major step forward in controlling and preventing crime’

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SANDERS: “The crime bill that I voted for on Thursday, and which failed by 15 votes, is not a perfect bill. However, in my view, there is much in this bill of major importance and value to the citizens of Vermont and to the citizens of America, and I believe that it is a bill that is worth supporting. I voted for the bill on Thursday, and barring major changes in it, I intend to vote for it when it comes up this week. I'm gonna vote for it again. Any time one addresses a major issue like crime and when one talks about an appropriation of $30 billion, which is a lot of money, it is easy to poke holes in that bill and it is easy to tell us that the legislation is not perfect. Well, I agree. This legislation is not perfect, let's be clear about. But at a time when the citizens of this country are crying out for the government to begin addressing the crisis of crime, there is no question in my mind that this bill, in a dozen different ways, is a major step forward in controlling and preventing crime. It is a bill that should be supported."

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