AAPI Convergence: Legislation

On April 14th, the Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act, sponsored by Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Sen. Grace Meng of New York, broke past the Senate filibuster in a 92-6 vote. With this bipartisan support, the bill is likely to to be signed into law after a period of amendments.

The 6 senators, all Republican, who opposed the bill were Senators Tom Cotton (Arkansas), Joshua Hawley (Missouri), Ted Cruz (Texas), Rand Paul (Kentucky), Tommy Tuberville (Alabama), and Roger Marshall (Kansas).

What exactly is this bill intended to accomplish? It focuses mainly on reporting of hate crimes during the COVID-19 pandemic, and also calls for a new position in the Department of Justice assigned to hate crime evaluation.

Thirty-four democratic representatives co-sponsored the bill, the majority of them doing so in early May of 2020. The figure below shows the states represented by said co-sponsors. Note that Guam and DC are not shown on the map.

Map of states represented by co-sponsors of the Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act, created in RStudio using the maps package. Not shown on the map are Guam and DC.

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