NO Hate Act Sponsors Respond To FBI Hate Crime Report
Washington, November 16, 2020
Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA) and Pete Olson (R-TX), the sponsor and co-lead of the Jabara-Heyer National Opposition to Hate, Assault, and Threats to Equality (NO HATE) Act responded with statements today after the annual release of FBI hate crime statistics showed that 2019 saw the highest level of hate crimes in over a decade and the highest number of hate-related killings on record.
“While the latest report shows that hate crimes continue to rise in the United States at an alarming pace, we are still missing much of the data on these trends because too many jurisdictions just aren’t tracking or reporting it,” said Rep. Don Beyer. “The House responded to this problem earlier in the year by passing the Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act, which would plug these holes and strengthen national cooperation among law enforcement to respond to bias crimes. If the Senate does not pass this bill in weeks to come, it should be a major priority for the 117th Congress. The FBI is reaffirming what headlines have been telling us regularly: hate crimes are getting worse and more numerous. Congress must respond to this problem.”
“Hate crimes have no place in our society, yet sadly they are on the rise,” said Rep. Pete Olson. “Representing one of the most diverse districts in America, I see firsthand the impact these hate crimes have on our communities. This new FBI report sadly revealed that fewer law enforcement agencies provided data to the FBI in 2019 than in 2018. That’s why The NO HATE Act introduced by Rep. Don Byer and I, is a critically needed tool in the fight against hate crimes. It will improve how law enforcement agencies track and report crimes. As co-chair of the Victims’ Rights Caucus, I also focused on establishing hotlines to give victims the help and support they desperately need. I urge my colleagues to join our effort to pass it this year so we can better track and end hate crimes.”
The House passed the Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act in May. The legislation, which was also introduced in the Senate by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), would help close gaps in existing hate crime reporting and strengthen the national response by: