The House overwhelmingly passed legislation on Tuesday to bolster federal efforts to tackle hate crimes against Asian Americans, allowing President Biden to be signed.
The bill, approved by 364 votes to 62, is the first piece of legislation taken by Congress to strengthen law enforcement response to attacks on people of Asian descent amid rising discrimination and discrimination. violence against Asian-American communities during the pandemic.
“The Asian-American community is exhausted from being forced to endure this rise in sectarianism and racist attacks,” said Representative Grace Meng, Democrat of New York. “Asian Americans are tired of living in fear.”
The measure, led by Ms. Meng and Senator Mazie Hirono, Democrat of Hawaii, would establish a position in the Department of Justice to expedite the agency’s review of hate crimes and expand channels for reporting them. It would also encourage the creation of state-run hate crime hotlines, provide grants to law enforcement agencies that train their officers in hate crime identification, and launch a series of public education campaigns on prejudice against people of Asian descent.