Senate votes to advance anti-Asian hate crimes bill with bipartisan support. The COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act would expedite the Justice Department's review of hate crimes as Asian American communities have seen an increase in incidents during the coronavirus pandemic. Ref. USAToday.
Senate passes COVID-19 hate crimes bill in bipartisan vote, an effort to combat a surge of discrimination against Asian Americans. In a rare moment of bipartisanship, Republicans and Democrats reached a compromise on the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act. The bill now moves to the Democratic-led House before moving to President Joe Biden, who supports the legislation. The bill, among other actions, would expedite the Justice Department’s review of hate crimes as the Asian American community witnesses an increase in incidents during the coronavirus pandemic. Ref. USAToday.