Bil Browning

Hate crime vote could happen tomorrow

Filed By Bil Browning | September 26, 2007 7:52 PM | comments

Filed in: The Movement
Tags: Harry Reid, hate crimes against LGBT people, HRC, Matthew Shepard Act

From the HRC Backstory blog:

Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) announced today that the cloture vote on the hate crimes legislation is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. tomorrow morning. If we win the required 60 votes, then the Senate will proceed to consideration of the Kennedy-Smith hate crimes amendment.

We'll keep you updated.

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Michael Crawford Michael Crawford | September 27, 2007 12:40 AM

Its amazing that we are still having to work so hard to convince Congress to pass a bill that essentially says that LGBT people should not be beaten and murdered for being LGBT.

With luck, and the hard work of groups like HRC, ACLU, LCCR, NAACP and NGLTF, the cloture motion will receive the necessary votes and the bill itself can be voted on. Of course, then the challenge becomes overriding Bush's veto threat.

Marla R. Stevens Marla R. Stevens | September 27, 2007 1:22 AM

Remember what Barney Frank said about the current state of Federal Hate Crimes law dealing with bias crimes on the basis of sexual orientation:

"It's still okay to kill us but at least now they have to get the body count right."

It's almost as if 67 votes are required to make anything a law now, right? It's just as if the Democrats want to be in the minority in Congress, so much so that they'll allow a Republican filibuster on everything without even forcing them to filibuster.