Senate Moves Toward Passing Bill Aimed at Curbing Anti-AAPI Hate Crimes

Headline Roundup April 20th, 2021

The Senate will likely vote on a bill this week aimed at cracking down on hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). A 92-6 procedural vote in favor of the legislation last week indicated significant bipartisan support; the proposal comes amid reports of rising anti-AAPI hate crimes since the beginning of last year. Republicans and Democrats in the Senate have reportedly worked closely together on tweaks to the original proposal.

The bill hasn't been covered prominently by media outlets regardless of bias rating. Those that did cover it usually mentioned the bill's bipartisan nature, and often included statements of support from Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), who introduced the bill, and from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

Senate Moves Toward Passing Bill Aimed at Curbing Anti-AAPI Hate Crimes

From the Left
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As the Senate prepares to take up her anti-Asian hate crime bill this week, Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, said Monday the bill represents a chance for lawmakers to "take a stand" against rising anti-Asian attacks.

"At a time when the Asian America Pacific Islander community feels under siege and vulnerable, this is a bill that enables the Senate at least, and I know followed by the House, to take a stand and say these kinds of unprovoked attacks targeting Asian Americans are totally unacceptable," Hirono told the hosts of ABC's...

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From the Center
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The Senate is on track to vote this week on an expanded version of a bill to address a rise in violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, as a House committee plans work on its own similar legislation Tuesday.

Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer of New York said on the floor Monday that several proposed amendments to Hawaii Democratic Sen. Mazie K. Hirono’s legislation would be wrapped into a substitute amendment that would get a vote “in the coming days.”

“We’re seeing that when the Senate is given...

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From the Right
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The Senate voted to advance Asian American hate crime legislation on Wednesday despite criticisms from some Republicans that the measure is a messaging bill that could result in federal overreach.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, said the bill was urgently needed to address anti-Asian hate crimes that have surged in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic that originated in China.

“It is a very straightforward and relatively modest bill to address a pressing and important issue in the country,” Schumer said. “It would designate a point...

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