USA Today reports:
The Senate passed with overwhelming bipartisan support an anti-hate crime bill to address a drastic increase of violence and discrimination directed at Asian Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act cleared the chamber in a 94-1 vote. It would expedite the Justice Department’s review of hate crimes and would designate an official at DOJ to oversee the effort.
The legislation, which now heads to the Democratic-led House, is one of the few bills to pass this Senate with support from both Republicans and Democrats.
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US Senate votes 94-1 to pass hate crime bill responding to wave of violence against Asian Americans after the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Sen. Josh Hawley was the only member to oppose the bill. https://t.co/xqicMXuQAc
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