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Tillis Threatens Retirement If Criminal Justice Reform, Other Bipartisan Bills Don't Pass

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Thom Tillis, R-N.C. (AP Photo/Rex Features)

By    |   Wednesday, 30 Nov 2016 04:08 PM

Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., threatened Wednesday to retire instead of seeking re-election if Congress does not pass a sweeping criminal justice reform bills and other bipartisan legislation.

"I don't run again until 2020, and if we're not able to get things like this done, I don't have any intention of coming back," the senator said in a juvenile justice forum, McClatchy DC reported.

According to McClatchy, the crowd broke into applause in response.

Tillis supported the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, which would lower minimum sentences for a number of non-violent drug offenders, but also increase mandatory minimums for other crimes. The Judiciary Committee cleared the bill last year, but conflict among the GOP will likely prevent it from getting passed before Congress adjourns in mid-December, according to The Hill.

When asked if he was serious about not running, Tillis said, "I came here to get things done."

Tillis entered the Senate last year after beating former Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C.

"We need to tell the far-right and the far-left to go away and have people in the center solve the problem," Tillis added. "It is time to tell the far-left and the far-right to get productive or get out of the way because we need to solve this problem.

"People bring up Willie Horton or some other political bombshell in the past, but what they're not being intellectually honest about is, if we do not work on early release, if we do not rehabilitate 95 percent of the people who go into the prison system and come out, far more innocent people are going to be harmed.

"I'm not going to play that political game. The stakes are too high."

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