Senate Passes Hate Crimes Bill After Asian-American Attacks

Senate Passes Hate Crimes Bill After Asian-American Attacks

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Thursday that the bill is "proof" that "the Senate can work to solve important issues", and would tell bigots "we're going after you".

It is not clear why Senator Hawley voted against the Anti-Hate Crimes bill, and Mediaite's request for a statement explaining the outlying vote have not yet procured a reply.

Republicans at first hesitated to adopt a position on the legislation, which carefully avoids any mention of former president Donald Trump's comments about the "Kung Flu" and "the China virus" as possible inspiration for attacks on Asian Americans - but the inference is easily understood.

"This legislation will improve the Justice Department's response to the appalling rise in hate incidents targeting the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community", said Democrat Dick Durbin.

A series of other Republican-led amendments were introduced prior to Thursday's vote, though none of them were upheld.

The only vote in opposition came from Republican Sen. Under an agreement struck by Senate leaders at the start of the year, Republicans and Democrats pledged to at least try to debate bills and see if they could reach agreement through the legislative process. "We can not - we can not allow the recent tide of bigotry, intolerance and prejudice against Asian Americans go unchecked".

"[The legislation] is not created to do anything to prevent or punish actual crimes".

Hawley said last week that he planned to vote no on the measure calling it 'too open ended, ' according to CNN. "Now, I urge the House to swiftly pass this legislation so President Biden can sign it into law", Hirono tweeted.

Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., pointed to Thursday's vote as evidence the Senate could function, complete with amendments from both parties and no threat of a filibuster. We will update the post if and when we hear back.

But unlike numerous larger, more controversial policy issues Democrats hope to tackle in their new majority, efforts to combat the rising violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have nearly universal backing.

That is because hate crimes are notoriously undercounted, she said.

Hirono worked with Maine Republican Sen.

The changes would replace language in the original bill that called for "guidance describing best practices to mitigate racially discriminatory language in describing the COVID-19 pandemic".

In January, Biden issued an executive order condemning anti-Asian hate crimes during the pandemic.

The group Stop AAPI Hate - the acronym that stand for Asian-American and Pacific Islander - released a report last month that said there were 3,795 incidents reported to the group between March 19, 2020 and the end of February 2021. Susan Collins of ME to strengthen the bill's language, and a GOP-backed measure that would provide funding to help states improve their hate-crimes reporting was added to the bill. It would also help local agencies develop public education campaigns on prevention and reporting of crimes.

The bill will head to the House next where it is expected to pass with bipartisan support, though it is unclear at this time if the House GOP will favor the bill as strongly.

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