It is no secret that the political strategy of the republican leader's in Washington D.C. is to oppose anything the president supports. So expecting a GOP controlled House to pass legislation eliminating mandatory minimum sentencing for drug possession is fantasy, it would have never happened.
Executive action was the only way mandatory minimum sentencing was going to be eliminated.
It was the morally and ethically correct decision and long overdue.
Seems like some here would rather have people's lives ruined rotting in jail cells, than have their personal political ideals challenged.