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  • Secured a $10 million cut from the Drug Czar's wasteful, ineffective Youth Media Campaign during the FY 2011 budget process. The campaign has been targeted for elimination by groups across the political spectrum, from Citizens Against Government Waste to the Republican Study Committee. 
  • Secured major cuts to the problematic Bryne grant programs in the FY 2011 budget process. The Byrne Grant programs fund state and local law enforcement initiatives but do not provide appropriate oversight or accountability.
  • Significantly reformed the notorious 100:1 sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine, which led to egregious racial disparities and the misprioritization of law enforcement recources on low level drug transactions, when the Fair Sentencing Act was signed into law by President Obama on August 3, 2010.
  • Passed Sen. Jim Webb’s National Criminal Justice Commission Act, which would create a blue ribbon commission on reforming the U.S. criminal justice system, through the House of Representatives during the 111th Congress.
  • Passed a measure through the House of Representatives in the 111th Congress that would have significantly reformed the Higher Education Act aid elimination penalty so that only students convicted of a drug offense involving a sale would lose federal college aid. 
  • Overturned the decade-old provision that prohibited states from spending federal dollars on sterile syringe access programs and overturned the provision that stopped Washington, D.C. from implementing the medical marijuana initiative passed in 1998, in the 111th Congress.