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Congressman Krishnamoorthi Announces The Hate Crimes Commission Act Has Surpassed 100 Cosponsors In The Wake Of The Targeted Murders Of Asian Women In Atlanta

March 25, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi announced that the Hate Crime Commission Act has crossed the one hundred cosponsor threshold, securing the backing of 122 cosponsors, in the wake of the Atlanta shootings targeting women of Asian descent and the wave of anti-Asian hate crimes across the nation.

“I’m proud that more than one hundred of my colleagues have joined me in supporting this legislation to establish a national commission on hate crimes to assess the scale of this wave of violence, its causes, and how we can best end it,” said Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi. “The Hate Crimes Commission Act will help show a path forward in ending the current wave of anti-Asian violence and harassment while preparing our government to more effectively prevent and combat future acts of hate.”

Earlier this month, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi introduced the Hate Crimes Commission Act with Representatives Grace Meng (D-NY), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), and Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ) as co-leads. The bill would create a bipartisan commission to investigate and expand reporting on hate crimes throughout the United States. This commission would be comprised of a group of 12 members appointed by House and Senate leadership who would have one year to prepare a report on the rise in hate crimes, potential causes of increase, and how to combat it. The introduction of the legislation follows independent reports of record numbers of anti-Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) hate incidents and a string of attacks in cities across the country.

The bill is currently cosponsored by 122 Members of the House: Reps. Jake Auchincloss, Nanette Barragan, Karen Bass, Sanford D. Bishop, Jr., Earl Blumenauer, Lisa Blunt Rochester, Carolyn Bourdeaux, Brendan Boyle, Jamaal Bowman, Julia Brownley, Cori Bush, Cheri Bustos, Tony Cardenas, Salud Carbajal, Matthew Cartwright, Ed Case, Andre Carson, Kathy Castor, Judy Chu, David Cicilline, Yvette Clarke, Steve Cohen, Jimmy Cooper, Gerald E. Connolly, Luis Correa, Angie Craig, Danny Davis, Sharice L. Davids, Madeleine Dean, Val Demings, Mark DeSaulnier, Debbie Dingell, Theodore E. Deutch, Mike Doyle, Veronica Escobar, Adriano Espaillat, Dwight Evans, Lizzie Fletcher, Chuy García, Sylvia Garcia, John Garamendi, Mary Gay Scanlon, Jimmy Gomez, Al Green, Raul Grijalva, Alcee Hastings, Jahana Hayes, Brain Higgins, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Steven Horsford, Sheila Jackson Lee, Sara Jacobs, Henry “Hank” Johnson, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Mondaire Jones, Kai Kahele, Robin Kelly, Ro Khanna, Andy Kim, Derek Kilmer, Anne Kuster, Conor Lamb, Brenda L. Lawrence, Barbara Lee, Mike Levin, Ted Lieu, Zoe Lofgren, Alan Lowenthal, Stephen Lynch, Carolyn Maloney, Doris Matsui, Lucy McBath, Betty McCollum, James McGovern, Jerry McNerney, Gregory Meeks, Gwen Moore, Grace Napolitano, Marie Newman, Frank Mrvan, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Frank Pallone, Chris Pappas, Donald M. Payne, Jr., Mark Pocan, Bobby L. Rush, Sean Patrick Maloney, Dean Phillips, Jamie Raskin, Deborah Ross, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Michael San Nicolas, Linda Sanchez, John P. Sarbanes, David Scott, Kurt Shrader, Terri Sewell, Albio Sires, Brad Sherman, Jackie Speier, Haley Stevens, Marilyn Strickland, Thomas Suozzi, Mark Takano, Bennie Thompson, Mike Thompson, Paul D. Tonko, Ritchie Torres, Lori Trahan, David Trone, Juan Vargas, Filemon Vela, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Peter Welch, Nikema Williams, Frederica Wilson