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house Bill H. Res. 257

Should the House Condemn "Hate Crime" in the U.S.?

Argument in favor

The House should condemn all hate crimes and violence against minorities that’s fueled by bigotry.

08/14/2017
Congress needs to fix this law so federal prosecutors have the tools they need to treat groups that promote hate and violence as the terrorists they are.
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Cynthia's Opinion
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08/14/2017
Hatred is something all humans should condemn. Period. I believe in free speech, but when that free speech is used to spread hate, bigotry and other hurtfulness to other people then it needs to be stopped. We cannot allow such a destructive disease in our Country.
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Susan's Opinion
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08/14/2017
Again my standard question: why is this even a question in the first place? Of course they should condemn it and if they don't they should be voted out or recalled.
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Argument opposed

This resolution is a nice gesture, but it doesn’t actually do anything of substance relative to hate crimes.

Cleve 's Opinion
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08/15/2017
Another 'feel good, do nothing' resolution for our representatives to pass so they can pat themselves on the back as if they were really doing something.
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Christopher 's Opinion
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08/15/2017
I wasn’t aware we had rampant hate crimes without laws already in place. Hate crime doesn’t need new definitions, it is defined. We need judges to actually interpret the laws correctly without overreach.
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08/15/2017
Not if it is only directed to defend minorities and only after racism becomes better defined. Hate groups must include the KKK, white supremacy, Neo nazism, ANTIFA, BLM, the violent left and the violent right. The law must protect and serve all.
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What is House Bill H. Res. 257?

This resolution would condemn hate crime and any other form of racism, religious or ethnic bias, discrimination, incitement to violence, or animus targeting a minority in the U.S. It would affirm that the U.S. is united in condemning hate and evil in all forms, and reject hate-motivated crime as an attack on the fabric of society and the ideals of pluralism and respect.

The resolution would also call on federal law enforcement officials to work with state and local officials to expeditiously investigate all credible reports of hate crimes and incidents and threats against minorities in the U.S. and bring perpetrators to justice. It would encourage:

  • The Dept. of Justice (DOJ) and other federal agencies to work to improve the reporting of hate crimes and to emphasize the importance of the agencies’ collection and reporting of data pursuant to federal law;

  • The development of an interagency task force to collaborate on the development of effective strategies and efforts to detect and deter hate crime in order to protect minority communities.

The executive branch would be called on to:

  • Offer federal assistance that may be available for victims of hate crimes;

  • Enhance security measures and improve preparedness for religious institutions, places of worship, and other institutions that have been targeted because of their affiliation with any particular religious, racial, or ethnic minority in the U.S.

As a simple resolution, this bill wouldn’t advance to the Senate if agreed to by the House and wouldn’t have the force of law.

Impact

Victims of hate crimes; and Congress.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 257

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) introduced this bill to condemn hate crimes perpetrated against minority groups:

“Our diversity is what makes our country and our communities great and I’m pleased to join my friend and colleague, Rep. Debbie Dingell, in introducing this resolution. Our communities and law enforcement must remain vigilant about those who would perpetrate hate crimes, which divides our communities and strikes fear in any number of ethnic groups or religious minorities. We stand united against such violence and discrimination, and encourage law enforcement at all levels to work together to curb these actions.”

Lead cosponsor Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) added:

“The rising wave of hatred, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism facing our nation is unacceptable. Threats against Mosques, Jewish Day Centers, and other religious institutions and gathering places have left communities scared, terrified and on edge. This is not who we are. I am proud to work with my friend Congresswoman Comstock to bring together our colleagues – Democrats and Republicans – to reject hate crimes against all members of our community. We cannot let fear divide us. We are all Americans, and there is far more that unites than divides us. We must be united in fighting hatred in all forms.”

This legislation has the support of 24 cosponsors in the House, including 19 Democrats and five Republicans. A similar resolution was passed by the Senate unanimously in April 2017.


Of Note: According to the FBI, there were 5,850 criminal incidents involving a hate crime in 2015.


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Summary by Eric Revell

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Official Title

Condemning hate crime and any other form of racism, religious or ethnic bias, discrimination, incitement to violence, or animus targeting a minority in the United States.

simple resolution Progress


  • The house Passed July 25th, 2018
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedApril 6th, 2017

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    Congress needs to fix this law so federal prosecutors have the tools they need to treat groups that promote hate and violence as the terrorists they are.
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    Another 'feel good, do nothing' resolution for our representatives to pass so they can pat themselves on the back as if they were really doing something.
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    Hatred is something all humans should condemn. Period. I believe in free speech, but when that free speech is used to spread hate, bigotry and other hurtfulness to other people then it needs to be stopped. We cannot allow such a destructive disease in our Country.
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    Again my standard question: why is this even a question in the first place? Of course they should condemn it and if they don't they should be voted out or recalled.
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    I wasn’t aware we had rampant hate crimes without laws already in place. Hate crime doesn’t need new definitions, it is defined. We need judges to actually interpret the laws correctly without overreach.
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    Not if it is only directed to defend minorities and only after racism becomes better defined. Hate groups must include the KKK, white supremacy, Neo nazism, ANTIFA, BLM, the violent left and the violent right. The law must protect and serve all.
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    There's no reason to vote against this. We should make sure the U.S. is committed to fighting hate crime.
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    Who is writing these questions??? Wtf is happening? The next question will be "Should the president be allowed to smoke meth in the oval?" Y'all. Get. It. Together.
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    This legislation should go further and ensure that hate crimes are actually investigated and punished. Domestic terrorism should have a definition and a sentence. Renewing a promise or condemning something is worthless without physical action against it.
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    Yes. Freedom of speech is one thing, attempting to incite hatred is another. Hate speech is not expressing an opinion, nor is proposing a discussable platform. It's saying that some people should not be alive, and trying to get other people to agree in order spur actions of violence.
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    I believe there are already federal statutes that address this issue. Stop the madness of overreaching government and use laws already in place.
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    It seems obvious that they should condemn hate crimes. However, I would like to see something actually done. Empower a law enforcement task force to go after these groups and put them into the bright light of the public spotlight.
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    Barbara Comstock, what are you doing? We already have laws covering hate crimes? Are you trying to pull a "Chuck Schumer?" I would like to read the difference with your bill and those already on the books. Are you going to run for Governor and need publicity?
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    No laws can change a persons heart. Government can't legislate love and kindness. Government needs to demonstrate what love thy neighbor looks like, but the only thing coming out of our Government is greed and selfishness and hatred.
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    Absolutely they have no place in. America jail time to those participating in white supremacy KKK neo nazi hate crimes punishable like a terrorist! This administration and President fueled this by not speaking out and his bully style and obvious racism sexism ect!!
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    And tell our president to be a leader not a loud mouth irresponsible creature He needs to be denounced by the senate !!!!
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    Particularly if such HATE and God knows what other atrocities may be taking place, in the White House!!!!!!!!
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    It would be hard for any normal person to vote against this, and it would send a message to those who promote hatred and bigotry.
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    If there is anything I am sure of, in these turbulent times, whether sending a message to our neighbor here or across the sea, hate is not what we stand for in America!
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    They should be treated as terrorists -because they are. Realizing we need to protect the 1st amendment- God knows Trump would like to squash that- so it's a balance... not allowing extremist to embolden hate (however our Prez does this so maybe start there) while not having Trump and the GOP use as a cover to take away and monitor news etc.
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