We'll send a message to the country that should be all too obvious by now: hate crimes will not be tolerated, and federal law enforcement will do everything in its power to detect, deter, and if necessary, prosecute crimes to the fullest extent of the law. — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer
We'll send a message to the country that should be all too obvious by now: hate crimes will not be tolerated, and federal law enforcement will do everything in its power to detect, deter, and if necessary, prosecute crimes to the fullest extent of the law. — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer
Anti-Asian hate-crime bill passes Senate 94-1, with only Republican Sen. Josh Hawley voting against it
  • Only one senator, Josh Hawley, voted against a bill addressing the spike in anti-Asian hate crimes.
  • The bill would improve public reporting of anti-Asian hate crimes during the pandemic.
  • The bill garnered bipartisan support and passed 94-1 on Thursday.
Congress has faced pressure to address the spike in anti-Asian hate over the pandemic. The nonprofit group Stop AAPI Hate reported nearly 3,800 incidents of physical assault, shunning, verbal and online harassment, and civil-rights violations against AAPI communities in the US from March 2020 to this February.

The issue gained momentum and sparked national outrage in March following shootings at three massage businesses in Atlanta that killed eight people, including six women of Asian descent.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Thursday that the bill told Asian American communities that "their government is paying attention to them, has heard their concerns, and will respond to protect them."

"We'll send a message to the country that should be all too obvious by now: Hate crimes will not be tolerated, and federal law enforcement will do everything in its power to detect, deter, and, if necessary, prosecute crimes to the fullest extent of the law," Schumer said on the Senate floor ahead of the bill's passage.
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