WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNN) – The House of Representatives has approved legislation to combat anti-Asian violence that has increased since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
The COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act passed by a vote of 364 to 62.
All of the “no” votes came from Republicans.
President Joe Biden previously voiced support for the bill, which soared through the Senate last month with a 94 to 1 vote.
The legislation calls for creating a new Justice Department position that would speed up the review of possible COVID-19 based hate crimes and incidents.
Now that the bill has passed the House and Senate, it is cleared for Biden’s signature.
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