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house Bill H. Res. 908

Should the House Condemn Anti-Asian Sentiment Related to the Coronavirus Pandemic?

Argument in favor

Anti-Asian rhetoric has gotten out of hand during the coronavirus pandemic, including from public officials. The House of Representatives should go on record opposing such rhetoric even if it's in the form a vote on a non-binding resolution.

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last Thursday
The trump looking for someone to blame for his inability to lead our country through the pandemic (or his disinterest in working on anything that does not directly help himself) has resulted in his blaming China. He f$@ked up, not China. It us a shame that the trump’s need to blame China has resulted in Asian citizens being disparaged by his cult followers. The trump encourages and underwrites racist attacks by his words and examples. A public declaration by the House helps those disparaged that that is not the opinion of the country- just a few trumpublican asswipes. It costs nothing and it us the right thing to do.
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last Thursday
I expect my elected officials to stand up against racism,hate and prejudice of any kind . I have often wondered why some are comfortable looking the other way
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last Thursday
Why this would even need to be a debate, I’m not sure? Clearly this sort of divisive, hateful language should be condemned! This has to be the easiest decision one should make.
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Argument opposed

There is no question that anti-Asian rhetoric related to the coronavirus pandemic is out of line and should be condemned, but the House passing a non-binding resolution won’t have a serious impact.

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How is this anything but a waste of time and money? A task force to do what exactly? Turn public opinion around. Good luck!
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last Thursday
The House needs to focus on prioritizing relevant actions, not continue to politicize partisan rhetoric and usurp democracy.
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Yesterday at 12:18 AM
They should be more worried about ANTIFA destroying our Country!!!
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What is House Bill H. Res. 908?

This resolution would call on public officials to condemn and denounce anti-Asian sentiment, racism, discrimination, and religous intolerance related to coronavirus (COVID-19) and call on federal law enforcement officials to work with state and local officials in expeditiously investigating credible reports of hate crimes and threats against Asian-Americans; collect data on incidences of hate crimes due to COVID-19; and hold perpetrators accountable.

The resolution would call on federal officials to expeditiously investigate and document all credible reports of hate crimes and incidents and threats against the Asian-American community and prosecute perpetrators.

It would also recommit U.S. leadership to prioritize language access and inclusivity in communication practices, and combat misinformation and discrimination that put Asian Americans at risk. 

As a simple resolution, this legislation is non-binding and wouldn’t have the force of law if passed.

Impact

Asian Americans; and public officials.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 908

As a non-binding resolution, this legislation would have no cost.

More Information

In-DepthRep. Grace Meng (D-NY) introduced this resolution to denounce anti-Asian sentiment caused by the outbreak of the coronavirus:

“The increased use of anti-Asian rhetoric, particularly from our nation’s leaders such as the President, and their use of terms like ‘Chinese virus,’ ‘Wuhan virus,’ and ‘Kung-flu,’ is not only irresponsible, reckless, and downright disgusting, it threatens the safety of the Asian American community; such language demeans, disparages, and scapegoats Asian Americans. Asian Americans, like millions of others across the nation, are worried about the coronavirus; however, so many Asian Americans are also living in fear following the dramatic increase of threats and attacks against those of Asian descent. During this time of heightened anxiety and fear surrounding COVID-19, we cannot lose sight of protecting the health and safety of every single person -- no matter their race, ethnicity, or background. The House must take a strong stand against the sickening intolerance, bigotry, and violence that is leaving a terrible stain on our nation’s history, especially during this moment of an unprecedented public health crisis.”

At times since the pandemic began, President Donald Trump has used the terms “Chinese virus”, “Wuhan virus”, and “Kung flu” as alternatives to “coronavirus” or “COVID-19” before he began saying “China virus” more consistently of late. During a press briefing on March 18, 2020, when President Trump was asked why he referred to coronavirus as the “Chinese virus” he said, “It’s not racist at all. No. Not at all. It comes from China. That’s why. It comes from China. I want to be accurate.” During a March 24th coronavirus task force press briefing, Trump condemned “a little bit of nasty language toward the Asian Americans in our country” and that:

“It’s very important that we totally protect our Asian American community in the United States and all around the world. They’re amazing people, and the spreading of the virus is not their fault in any way, shape, or form." 

This resolution has the support of 157 cosponsors, including 156 Democrats and one Republican.


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AKA

Condemning all forms of anti-Asian sentiment as related to COVID-19.

Official Title

Condemning all forms of anti-Asian sentiment as related to COVID-19.

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  • The house Passed September 17th, 2020
    Roll Call Vote 243 Yea / 164 Nay
    IntroducedMarch 25th, 2020

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    The trump looking for someone to blame for his inability to lead our country through the pandemic (or his disinterest in working on anything that does not directly help himself) has resulted in his blaming China. He f$@ked up, not China. It us a shame that the trump’s need to blame China has resulted in Asian citizens being disparaged by his cult followers. The trump encourages and underwrites racist attacks by his words and examples. A public declaration by the House helps those disparaged that that is not the opinion of the country- just a few trumpublican asswipes. It costs nothing and it us the right thing to do.
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    How is this anything but a waste of time and money? A task force to do what exactly? Turn public opinion around. Good luck!
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    I expect my elected officials to stand up against racism,hate and prejudice of any kind . I have often wondered why some are comfortable looking the other way
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    Why this would even need to be a debate, I’m not sure? Clearly this sort of divisive, hateful language should be condemned! This has to be the easiest decision one should make.
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    Given that anti-Asian sentiments are usually directed at US citizens and that Korean American, Philippino American, Japanese Americans, Vietnamese American etc are in fact not Chinese which is where the gripe is provided you’re taken in by the fearful leader, it makes no sense to attack or berate your fellow citizens because of their ancestry. They have a word for that. RACISM Now I don’t generally believe in the usefulness of non binding resolutions, but in this case I feel it’s past time for the government to loudly discourage this type of activity and stop blaming any country for this pandemic. What good does the blame do anyway? Does it make it go away? No. If we’re going to blame countries for outbreaks, it’s time to change the Spanish Flu to the US flu as here is where it started.
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    Might as well be discriminating against the bats. What good does it do? The USA LEADS THE WORLD in infections and deaths. We have no one to blame for that outcome but Heir Lying Incompitant and his spineless GOP dogs who LIED TO EVERYONE. 90% of the dead could have been prevented if it had been taken seriously from the start. The majority of the economic impact too.
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    The House needs to focus on prioritizing relevant actions, not continue to politicize partisan rhetoric and usurp democracy.
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    They should be more worried about ANTIFA destroying our Country!!!
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    Decency, honor, truth, have gone right out the window under this "president"......John addressed this very well.....aggression, intolerance, and hate have risen along with suicide and drug overdoses....what does T
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    Why are you people even voting on this? Who the hell started this BS? It is not for you to say. Dick is making fun of Jane because she has a pimple on her nose. Let’s ban all Dicks! Seriously, this is how all this stupidity sounds. Go do a grownup job like maybe trying to actually help people who need help. Oh, that’s right. Silly me, I forgot it’s all about YOU!
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    Really, this is a big concern?? Primarily socialist have no issue with murder, riots, and all the rest. Where is the concern about the citizens safety??
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    We should not tolerate racism in any form. Anti-Asian racism has already resulted in violence against Asians.
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    I condemn everything the house says or does. I dont give two shits what do nothings do. They are an island of themselves. Ignore them till they go away. You call Panda Express 'Chinese Food.' That's an insult and you should be condemned.
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    Liberals/Democrats trying to shift the blame of the Chinese caused virus is right out of their crybaby playbook. Blame someone, anyone, they hate for what they cannot accept. Shifting blame onto Trump instead of where it belongs is just part of the leftist denial game. Leftists try to blame Russia for everything, regardless of no evidence, so why shouldn't we place blame where it b belongs? We KNOW that this is Chinese-caused. It has nothing to do with racism. Call it for what it is. Harsh truth or not, it's fact.
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    Please use your time (our tax dollars) on more pressing matters.
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    The House should C O N D E M N Trump for his Program of Lying incompetence in the Negligent Homicide of 200,000 (& counting) Americans.
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    We are a nation of immigrants, including Asians. Some of my best friends are of Asian descent. I have been told by them they have on occasion experienced racism directly traceable to the President’s words. It really pisses me off. I’m insulted we even have to have a vote on something as basic as this, demanding decency from our public officials. Yet, in Trump World, here we are.
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    I know that I’m late to the party here, it’s already been voted on. But the fact that the house even had the idea to vote on not harassing people with an Asian background because of covid 19 is an indication of the stupidity of trump and many of the citizens of this nation. I am totally ashamed. I find myself less and less able to look at an American flag with any type of respect. To me it represents hatred, pig-headedness, arrogance, and that ugly type of pride.
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    Seriously Rep Evans.. a no show! Let me make this clear, this is NOT the China virus. Drumpf owns this virus 100%. This is now officially the TRUMP VIRUS.
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    I expect my representatives to actively engage against all forms of racism and bigotry.
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