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President Biden Signs Hate Crimes Legislation Into Law

Yesterday President Biden signed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act into law. The bill contained the Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act, first introduced by Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) in 2016.

“The legislation just signed by the President will truly help strengthen America’s response to the rising scourge of hate crimes,” said Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA). “In the five years since I first introduced the NO HATE Act, now enacted as part of the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, so many people have worked to make it a better bill and get it over the finish line, and to them I am grateful. Foremost among them are the family members of Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer, who are in my thoughts now. I fervently hope and believe that this law will help to spare other families the pain that they have felt. Congress’ passage of this legislation will show that we can accomplish big things, still, when we work together and put the American people’s needs first.”