House leader: Criminal justice revamp doable, but could wait

An overhaul of the nation’s criminal justice system may have to wait until next year, a top congressional Republican said Monday, in the latest indication that the bipartisan effort might succumb to election-year pressures.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said he believes the two parties can find consensus on the legislation in 2016.

“But that doesn’t mean it has to get done,” he told reporters.

“I’m always of the belief it’s better to get something done right than trying to make a deadline,” he said.

The bill has been considered one of the few potential arenas in Congress where a 2016 achievement is possible.

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