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House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime

House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime
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The House will vote next week on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime, House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerRepublicans' stonewall forces Democrats to pull bill honoring Capitol Police Overnight Health Care: After a brutal year, is the US getting close to normal? | CDC says it's safe for vaccinated people to gather indoors | Biden to give prime-time address on anniversary of pandemic lockdown House vote on COVID-19 relief expected by Wednesday MORE (D-Md.) announced Thursday. 

The Democratic-controlled House will vote on the bill, introduced by Rep. Bobby RushBobby Lee RushOVERNIGHT ENERGY: House Democrats reintroduce road map to carbon neutrality by 2050 | Kerry presses oil companies to tackle climate change | Biden delays transfer of sacred lands for copper mine House Democrats reintroduce road map to carbon neutrality by 2050 House Democrats criticize Texas's 'shortcomings in preparations' on winter storms MORE (D-Ill.) on Wednesday. 

“102 years ago, Congressman Leonidas C. Dyer of Missouri introduced the first antilynching legislation to pass the House, but tragically, that bill would die in the Senate. However, with today’s announcement, we are one step closer to finally outlawing this heinous practice and achieving justice for over four thousand victims of lynching, including Emmitt Till,” Rush said in a statement

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“From Charlottesville to El Paso, we are still being confronted with the same violent racism and hatred that took the life of Emmett and so many others. The passage of this bill will send a strong and clear message to the nation that we will not tolerate this bigotry,” he said.

The bill is named for Emmett Till, the 14-year-old African American boy who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955. 

The Senate, in a bill introduced by Sens. Cory BookerCory Booker'Bloody Sunday' to be commemorated for first time without John Lewis It's in America's best interest to lead global COVID-19 vaccine distribution ABC names new deputy political director, weekend White House correspondent MORE (D-N.J.), Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris announces 0M grant program to boost 'health literacy' Watch live: Biden and Harris deliver International Women's Day remarks Seoul sees hope in Biden's North Korea approach MORE (D-Calif.) and Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottEditor at conservative journal: Trumpism has become something 'between a business and a racket' Floyd family attorney knocks qualified immunity for officers Why paid internships matter for foreign policy careers MORE (R-S.C.), passed anti-lynching legislation last year. 

Harris and Booker cheered the House’s decision to vote on the lynching bill in a statement Thursday reported by InsiderNJ

“While we cannot undo the irrevocable damage of lynching and its pervasive legacy, we can ensure that we as a country make clear that lynching will not be tolerated,” Booker said. 

“I’m grateful for the partnership of Senators Booker and Scott, and I applaud the House of Representatives for bringing this important legislation to the floor. This justice is long overdue,” Harris said.