I express my concern over the rise in violent crime, in particular hate crimes
against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
single one of us is horrified to see our fellow Americans attacked because of
their race or ethnicity. We are united in our opposition to this hateful
violence. We are united in seeing it investigated and prosecuted to the fullest
extent of the law. I introduced a resolution to this effect, and I will welcome
all my Senate colleagues to join it.
am very happy to see that Attorney General Garland has turned his attention to
this problem. On March 30, he directed the Department of Justice to engage in a
30-day review of the Department’s response to hate crimes. I hope the Senate
will benefit from the results of that review.
responses to the problem of hate crimes must be guided by the facts and a
pursuit of sound policy. I am not sure we have done the legwork to arrive at a
legislative solution that will make a difference to preventing, deterring, or
punishing these crimes. Along with my colleague Senator Cotton, the Ranking
Member of the Subcommittee of Criminal Justice and Counterterrorism, we are
requesting either a full or subcommittee hearing on the issue, after the
Attorney General’s review has been completed.
937, the “COVID–19 Hate Crimes Act” was introduced before the Attorney
General’s review began and appears to be duplicative or even in conflict with
some of the Department of Justice’s existing efforts. That does not seem to me
to be the best path. However, I voted to proceed to S. 937. I know that many
members of the Republican caucus have amendments that will hopefully improve
the bill and make it more useful. We hope these amendments will be listened to
and fairly considered by our Democratic colleagues. This is too important of an
issue to get it wrong.