Senate passes rare bipartisan bill on anti-Asian hate

ABC News’ Devin Dwyer discusses the Senate bill to address anti-AAPI hate crimes, and the vote by the House for statehood for Washington, D.C.
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Now to Washington where today the US senate took a stand against anti API hate crimes by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 94 to one in the chamber passed a measure aimed at shoring up resources to fight anti Asian crimes that have surged during a pandemic. Senior Washington correspondent Devin Dwyer covered today's vote from Washington joins us now DeVon it's not very often that we see such resounding bipartisan action in the senate these days. Nobody it's not it's not everyday we see Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell on the same page lets us nearly the entire senate I think it speaks to the fact. That the rise in these hate crimes against the API community if so deeply disturbed. So many Americans are sending the senator Mazie Hirono Hawaii who sponsored the bill. Told you just earlier this week this was a chance for these lawmakers to take a stand. Against racism against this hate they did that today only one Republican Josh holly of Missouri voted no. The bill now heads over the house look at a vote likely next month the because of the overwhelming support today. Most people here thinks it has a pretty good chance of becoming law plenty. So the bill actually do in order to prevent anti API hate crimes. Yes supporters basically say this does two things first it helps law enforcement get a handle on the problem it would initiate a public education campaign. In multiple Asian languages to get members of that community to come forward and to share their stories that they've been victimized. It would also establish some reporting hot lines in and create an online tracking system. To keep acted to keep tabs on the number of these cases that are out there so far a lot of that data slips at the cracks. Then the law would also prioritize. The investigation and prosecution. Of these anti Asian hate crimes who critical point person at the Justice Department. Give more money to local police to train them to help them identify these cases. They get this ones you don't law wouldn't even allow courts to require that perpetrators of some of these it's heating hate crimes spend time. In the communities that they have hurt and offended. As part of their restitution civil rights groups. Very happy with us today even though they are relatively modest steps. Meanwhile today the house voted narrowly along party lines to make the District of Columbia are 51 state what a sad face such an uphill battle in the senate. I mean now that why did that Democrats control the White House they control congress -- all this momentum around racial justice in this country Democrats. Had been excited about this moment for DC statehood they took a big step today. For decades of course residents in this city I have paid taxes but they don't have representation in congress of course DC has one of. Population that's larger than that in some small states in this country some really some see this is a justice issue. But the politics on this Lindsay are really talk and they always have bad and they still are 45 senators support DC statehood right now it needs sixty votes to pass as we all know that includes ten Republican senators. And no Republican support. DC statehood right now and that's in part because. By making DC is stated would almost guarantee to more democratic seats in the US senate. Because of the deep blue politics here it's the same sort of uphill fight. That advocates of Puerto Rican statehood are facing at the same time Lindsay aren't Devin Dwyer thanks so much. Thanks as it.

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