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Bill to stop anti-Asian hate crimes passed in US Senate

Bill to stop anti-Asian hate crimes passed in US Senate
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Washington: The US Senate passed with overwhelming majority a bill to stop rising hate crimes against Asian Americans during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Senate approved the bill in a near unanimous 94-1 vote and sent it to the House on Thursday, which will soon take up their version of the legislation. The lone nay vote was cast by Missouri GOP senator Josh Hawley, Xinhua news agency reported.

"By passing this bill we say to the Asian American community that the government is paying attention to them, has heard their concerns and will respond to protect them," said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Democrat from New York, where anti-Asian violence has especially been running high.

The bill, sponsored by Hawaii's Democratic senator Mazie Hirono and New York's Democratic congresswoman Grace Meng, requires the Department of Justice (DOJ) to designate an official to review coronavirus-related hate crimes. Hirono and Meng are both Asian Americans.

The bill also directs the DOJ and the Department of Health and Human Services to issue guidance raising awareness of hate crimes amid the pandemic, and work with other agencies to establish an online platform for reporting those crimes.

Hirono said that the bill's passage "sends a clear and unmistakable message of solidarity" to the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

The bill gained momentum after six women of Asian descent were killed in mass shootings in the Atlanta area in March.

(Based on IANS feed with minor edits)

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