Senate Passes Anti-Asian Hate Crime Bill

House to vote on similar bill soon. 

On Thursday, the Senate voted overwhelmingly 94-to-1 to approve the passage of a bill designed to help Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage. The bill provides a faster way for alleged hate crimes to be reviewed, as well as a public denouncement of violence that has arisen amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Attacks against Asian Americans have increased since the beginning of the pandemic. Members of the Senate expressed their hope that the bipartisan support for the bill could be a template for future cooperation. Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii said it is her “sincere hope that we can channel and sustain the bipartisan work done on this important piece of legislation.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For members of the House as they consider similar legislation. 
  • For the president’s administration as solutions to hate crimes and discrimination are sought. 
  • That Americans would increasingly turn to the Lord and be kind to one another. 

Sources: The Hill, AP, NPR


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