Senators voted overwhelmingly, 92-6 in favour of the bill
The Senate has voted overwhelmingly in favour of advancing a bill on anti-Asian American hate crimes.
On Wednesday, senators voted overwhelmingly, 92-6, to proceed the bill. The six who voted against the bill were Republicans, including presidential hopefuls Sens. Tom Cotton, Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley.
“For more than a year, the Asian American community has been fighting two crises — the COVID-19 pandemic and the anti-Asian hate,” Meg said Tuesday at the Capitol.
“Combating hate should not be a partisan issue. It’s about the safety of all Americans,” Meng said.
The White House issued a statement of administrative policy on Wednesday that “strongly supports” the bill’s passage.
“Elected leaders must act to prevent anti-Asian violence and advance inclusion and belonging for all Asian American communities,” it said.
Recent attacks against the country include a racist woman was caught making racist comments on a picture of a 2-year-old Asian girl.
Meanwhile, a 70-year-old Mexican American woman was attacked and hospitalized in LA after being mistaken for an Asian woman.
Most recently, An Asian man was body slammed in New York City by a crazed attacker.
STOP ASIAN HATE: Sen. Mazie Hirono speaks out against anti-AAPI violence in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, explaining the personal toll it has had on her, and advocates for new hate crimes legislation. pic.twitter.com/2F6lA315q8
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