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crimes legislation. they were joined by senator hirono and andy kim. this runs 30 minutes. sen. schumer: good morning everybody, i am pleased to be joined by our great speaker, nancy pelosi, senator mazie hirono, rep. grace meng from my state of new york and rep. andy kim. i want to thank senator hirono and mung for leading the charge on legislation, and speaker pelosi and congressman kim for lending their great support for this as well. we know over the past year there has been an awful rising tide of
violence and discrimination against asian americans. it is driven by fear, by misinformation, by age old prejudices, from shouted insults to racial slurs to actual physical assaults. i attended five or six rallies in new york while we were on break, and the stories break your heart. an elderly man came to me and said, i am afraid to walk down the street in new york city because i might be ridiculed, cursed at or spat upon. a young lady said she stopped going to work because the hospitals have stares of people that are piercing. and then actual violence. every day in america, in this 21st century america asian americans fear they might be insulted, assaulted or worse.
sadly, the recent wave of anti-asian violence is not a new chapter in american history. the aapi community has suffered bigotry and racism in this country. we cannot and must not remain silent, and there is a new fervor to speaking out because there have been so many incidences in the last year or two. part of that is because our last president never discouraged or almost never discouraged, and often seemed to encourage bigotry. from people. and he often led it himself. an attack on one group is that attack on all of us. it is up to us to stand up and speak out in support of the asian-american community. in the senate, we have more
responsibility than just speaking out. we have a moral imperative to take action. that is why this week i am using my power as majority leader to make sure the senate will vote on senator hirono's hate crimes act, which is sponsored in the house. this common sense legislation will give the justice department crucial tools to crack down on the wave of racist violence we have seen against the aapi community. i will leave it to the sponsors to go over the details. we are open to strengthening the bill. there is an effort underway to add a bipartisan amendment sponsored by senators blumenthal and moran, one a democrat and one a republican as an amendment. there bill would provide resources to state and local law
enforcement to improve hate crime reporting, increased training, and to establish pathways to rehabilitation. reporting, training, rehab would be the three words underlined in their amendment. combating hate in the asian-american community can and should be bipartisan. the way to do that is for 60 senators to vote to proceed to the legislation. i hope it will be many more than 60 -- who would oppose this simple but necessary legislation? as majority leader, as i said, it is my intention to make the first amendment a bipartisan one, but i cannot do that unless our republican colleagues allow us to debate the bill. make no mistake, the senate will debate and take action to combat hate crimes against asian
americans. there is no reason, no reason this shouldn't be a bipartisan bill that passes the senate without delay. this is not some kind of gotcha piece of legislation, it is legislation our times demand. president biden has urged congress to swiftly pass this legislation and get it on his desk, and we will work hard to get that done this week. now i will turn it over to somebody who has fought bigotry her whole life, speaker pelosi. speaker pelosi: thank you very much, leader schumer for bringing us together this morning for this very important the gestation. -- important legislation. i think both sides of the
capitol and your appeal for bipartisanship on this important legislation. i want to thank senator hirono and senator duckworth, and we are very proud of grace meng and her leadership on this. she had another hate crimes bill earlier in the last congress, so this -- she has been on this with great ideas, leadership and values. and to andy kim from new jersey, for your leadership on this as well. he means new york is close to new jersey. again, thank you, senator schumer. here is the thing, the senator talked about the visits he made into the community and heard the concerns that people have put forth. i myself last week was in chinatown in san francisco, i visited the northeast medical services, which is a recipient
of our rescue package money. i was hopeful to hear how the community, aapi community was taking the lead in an appropriate way to reach out and successfully test trace, vaccinate and the rest, leading the way. it gave us so much hope. it was so sad to also hear the stories of fear people had in the community. again, i represent san francisco in the congress, this is a place where we take pride in our aapi community. i'm sure in hawaii, new york and new jersey as well, but in san francisco, we are small in the community is large, and we are dependent. we learn a lot from that community. a week before i had virtually visited with them with our regular meeting that we have to
talk about housing and any number of other issues of concern to the community where public policy has an impact, and values are our guide. the immunity has been an intellectual resource for improving life for all of us in our country. i voted in chinatown, at the post office, the first named -- he worked for phil burton, and made a post office. the work has gone deep. that is one of the messages i had that day when the press asked what we were doing. let us salute president biden from the start, within 24 hours of his presidency, he had executive orders calling upon the justice department, even before we had an attorney, calling on the justice
department to take up this issue in a specific way. and again, more recently, his executive actions have been important. let us do also what the leader said the president asked us to do, pass this legislation. it will be marked up within community in the house, and we will pass it immediately and send it to the senate. they have their own version of the bill too. at some point we will have a meeting of the legislation and to pass it and send it to the president. just as a matter of experience in our community, it breaks your heart to see how communities are affected by these hate crimes, and how parents are so protective of their children, not feeling that negative attitude. and also, the targets are
sometimes elder women, i say that as an older woman, and when somebody is about to make some kind of an attack, listen to what they are saying, because what they say is what is evidence as a hate crime. it should not have to be that high of a standard if the intent is so clear, but the fact is that for now, what we have to do is make sure we get the words. do not have all the familiarity with some of the lingo that people might use, and if english is your second language, you might not recognize it for the intention that is there. we have to do our part in terms of legislation and making the law. grace meng has been relentless, i have seen her
beautiful diversity of aapi in her community, and she is a magnificent spokesperson. i do not have the privilege of yielding to her, i yield to our former house member, a person we take rate pride in. every time she speaks, she is ours, she came from the house, senator hirono. sen. hirono: thank you so much to leader schumer and speaker pelosi. i have to admit my heart is still with the house. [laughter] no offense. [laughter] it is what it is. good training, i have to say. i'm really appreciative of the leadership shown by representatives meng and kim in
the house. we will be marking up this bill in the house and bring it on the floor of the senate, which would not happen if leader schumer were not the leader in the senate. it makes a difference. we have all seen the horrific events of unprovoked targeted hate crimes against aapis. these kinds of hate crimes have gone up in every single state, significant percentage of increase and targeted hate crimes against aapis in every state and in d.c. as an aapi person, it does give me pause -- before, if i was walking around outside, i would have my earbuds on and listening to books on tape. i would never do that now. because of the incidents of
totally unprovoked hate crimes against aapis. sadly in the history of our country, these discriminatory acts against aapis, who are viewed as the other, and therefore easy to target, but we had the chinese exclusion act, the incarceration of 120,000 japanese americans during world war ii, the horrific killing -- these kinds of discriminatory actions are not new. but what is new is we now have a president who has taken responsibility, who has condemned these kinds of crimes, who has taken action by issuing executive memorandum, by calling on and directing the department of justice to continue the process of paying attention to these kinds of targeted crimes.
this bill that we are bringing to the floor of the senate is very simple. it should be noncontroversial. what can be so controversial about a voluntary reporting by the state of these kinds of crimes? it is voluntary. if a state does not want to participate, they do not have to -- but one would hope there would be universal condemnation across the board, across the country by all people against this kind of targeted hate crimes. what this bill does is require the department of justice to designate a person who will do a review of these kinds of hate crimes. it asks the department of justice to work in conjunction with the state and local law enforcement to ensure that the word gets out inappropriate language, culturally appropriate , that these crimes should be prevented and reported.
it sets up a way where we can report these crimes, in as easy of a way as possible. online reporting. these crimes are underreported, as we'll know. my hope is we will have republicans who will support this bill, and members of the house and senate speaking out, condemning these targeted crimes. we will go forward in the hopes that an attack on one group in our country is truly an attack on all of us, and there is no place in a democracy for these kinds of unprovoked attacks on a group of people who are only being targeted because they are aapis. words matter. when you have a president who deems the virus to be the china
virus, or have members of his administration refer to it as kung-flu created an environment where people will be motivated because of whatever reasons they have to commit these crimes. it is important that we now have a president who speaks out and takes a stand. it is time for congress, it is time for congress to take a stand and pass this legislation against this kind of targeted, unprovoked attacks on aapis. sen. schumer: thank you, mazie. rep. meng: good afternoon, everyone. thank you to speaker pelosi and leader schumer to bring us together. it is an honor to be with you and with my outstanding colleagues. i want to say a special thank you to speaker pelosi who has been standing with the aapi
community from the very beginning when we started to see the increases of these types of incidents across the country. and senator schumer, my home state senator, is not exaggerating when he says he has been to a few rallies to protest this bigotry. he has been at every rally i have been to, and he has probably been to more than that. thank you for your solidarity. you know that for more than a year the asian-american community has been fighting two viruses, the covid-19 pandemic and anti-asian hate. the attacks that have been occurring against the community have been horrifying. we have heard about and seen videos of young and elderly asian americans being shoved to the ground, stomped on, beaten, spat on and shunned. these heinous acts have been outrageous, unconscionable, and they must end. there have been assault all across the nation including in
my home district of queens, new york. to help combat this bigotry and violence, i introduced legislation with senator hirono that would, among other things, create a position at the department of justice to facilitate, expedite, and review covid-19 hate crimes, encourage more reporting of incidents in multiple language is, and help make every communities feel more empowered to come forward and report these incidents. oftentimes we tell people to just report if something happens to them, but it is not always so easy to do so. people might not know where the police precinct is, they may have language obstacles, and we need more resources for our local entities to be able to figure out how to most effectively investigate these types of incidents. as speaker pelosi said, oftentimes the lingo and tropes being used might not be something that is familiar to our law enforcement personnel.
this bill also directs federal agencies to work with community-based organizations to find ways to talk about the covid-19 pandemic in a way that is not discriminatory. i am thrilled at our legislation is moving forward, and i am hopeful the measure will be approved by the senate and the house. over the past year i have met with so many asian-american community members whose lives have been threatened, or whose loved ones have been attacked, and this bill takes into attack what i have heard from the community. people need to feel empowered to come forward and report these incidents. we need to make that process easier and more accessible. two weeks ago i had the opportunity to visit atlanta, georgia with other representatives here today where we met with the families of the
victims, and those killed in the mass shooting. they all agreed in the midst of their pain and sorrow that we need action now. over 38 hundred cases of attacks have been reported over the past year, that we know the number of incidents is likely higher. most of us know people who have had these incidents happen to them at different levels but have not reported them here increased reporting of hate crimes would give us more accurate data, a clearer and fuller picture of the attacks that have been occurring, so we know what resources specifically are needed. combating hate should not be a partisan issue, it is about the safety of all americans, it is about people's lives in the right to be safe. it is about our parents and grandparents walking down the street safely. it is about our kids eating able to go to school and play outside without fearing that they will be harassed.
we must all as democrats and republicans stand together against this racism and violence, and say, enough is enough. we must demonstrate we have the asian american community's backs. we have to rise up and show solidarity against this intolerance. we have to take action to combat this xenophobia and violence, and supporting this bill would greatly help us achieve these critical goals. i cannot thank enough leader schumer, speaker pelosi, and my colleagues for supporting this legislation, and standing with the asian-american community, and i want to thank president biden for endorsing this bill and calling on congress to pass it. let's do everything in our power to fight this racism and violence that has plagued our community. thank you so much. i want to introduce
representative andy kim, who has been a tremendous voice in humanizing so many of these incidents that have been happening across the country. rep. kim: thank you everyone for coming and giving us an opportunity to share today. i'm congressman andy kim from new jersey, we are this week one month out from the shootings in atlanta, and for me personally, i can tell you this is one of the most fickle months of my life. a month where i have gathered with the aapi community all over the country, and we shared the rawness, the vulnerabilities, the fear that we all collectively experience. this is an historic moment right
now, and i want to underscore that so i will say it again. this is a historic moment now for the aapi community in america. there has never been a situation in my lifetime where i have felt this level of fear and this level of vulnerability, and also the level of isolation that i do right now. when we were down there in atlanta talking to the victims, families, as well as the broader community, one question kept coming up, which is, what are you going to do about this? what is congress going to do about this? that is the demand being made right now, and it is a demand that is justified given the violence and discrimination that the aapi has faced, not just in the last month or last year, but
over the course of our entire lives. over the last month i have shared stories i have never shared before. i have opened up in ways i never have before, because the moment calls upon it. i have talked about when i worked at the state department, i was banned working on issues related to koreans because i am korean american. i talked about how my five-year-old son came home and told me that a bigger kid kept calling him chinese boy all over again -- a five-year-old. this issue of foreignness and xenophobia has been with us, and i fear it could get worse as our global competition with china is growing. we right now at this moment need to think about as a nation how it is we will embrace and talk about and incorporate the aapi community in our nation. that is what this moment is. i really do believe the next few
weeks will determine the next few decades of how asian americans are treated and understood and accepted in this country, and that is the period my kids will be growing into adulthood. i will do everything i can to make sure we seize this moment and get this passed. when the asian-american community in atlanta asked me, what are you going to do about it? the next time i go back to atlanta, i want to tell them, we did everything we could at this moment to fight for justice and equality, and allow youth to feel safe here in your own country. that is what this is about. if we deliver anything less than that, we will have failed this moment in time. i ask everyone to think about it, whatever disagreements you have or mms you want to make, make them, but let us not fail to deliver something here that
can move our country forward. with that i am grateful for the opportunity to speak along such distinguished colleagues. thank you, everyone. sen. schumer: the speaker and i will have to leave soon because of the memorial service. we will take questions on this subject first. reporter: can you give us the timeline for how you plan to do this? sen. schumer: yes, the bill is on the floor now. we will move a motion to proceed. we are waiting for our republican colleagues to tell us what their plans are. they are having their lunch today, and we hope they will move forward with the bill and not block it. just go forward. we hope to get it done this week, if we do not have real obstruction. reporter: [indiscernible]
sen. schumer: look, we'll know we have to root out systemic bias in law enforcement, and we feel the best way to do that is the justice and leasing act. it passed the house last year, and we are making every effort to move it forward in the senate. i will put it on the floor for a vote. >> providing more resources and dedicated personnel to streamline the process helps with reporting. we know not everyone of these incidents will be charged or prosecuted as a hate crime, but we want to make sure local entities and law enforcement have the tools they need to know what is a racist trope, what helps prove intent if there is a hate crime charged. the legislation includes components that would contain
counseling and education if someone is convicted of a hate crime. reporter: [indiscernible] sen. schumer: we would have to discuss it. we will wait and see after the republican lunch, but we are open to amendments, and that one would probably be germane. reporter: [indiscernible] sen. schumer: i did not hear the question. say it again. reporter: will it be a challenge to collect accurate data specifically related to covid-19? >> the intention of this bill was to get a more clear and accurate picture of what
happened this last year during the covid pandemic. of course, this is something we are interested in the long term, this hate crimes legislation does not just help the asian-american community but all communities before and after covid. reporter: [indiscernible] sen. schumer: you will have to ask him. i think it is a good amendment, it is needed, it is bipartisan, we would like to see it in the bill. it is not a political issue. it is a good amendment. thank you, everybody. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
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