• The bill was introduced by Rep. Grace Men and Sen. Mazie Hirono
  • President Biden signed the bill Thursday
  • The bill highlighted the Atlanta spa shootings where 6 Asian women died

The House on Tuesday passed legislation to counter the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes amid the COVID-19 pandemic in a 364 - 62 vote, with 62 GOP members voting against it.

The COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, which was signed by President Joe Biden into law on Thursday, would create a new position at the Justice Department to bolster the agency’s review of hate crimes.

Introduced by Rep. Grace Meng, D-NY, and Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-HI, it would also direct the Department of Justice and Health and Human Services to introduce education campaigns about bias against Asians.

Of the 426 House members who voted on the bill, 62 voted against it. All of them Republicans.

The names of the House Republicans who voted against the legislation are listed below.

The new law is the first legislative action Congress has taken to combat hate crimes against people of Asian descent.

“All of this hate hides in plain sight,” Biden said on Thursday.

“Too often it is met with silence — silence by the media, silence by our politics and silence by our history.”

A recent study from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State University San Bernandino found that hate crimes against Asians across 16 of the largest cities and counties in the United States have risen by 164% since 2020.

STOP AAPI Hate also said they received more than 6,000 complaints of racism and discrimination since last year.

The COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act also highlighted the Atlanta spa shootings where 6 of the 8 victims were women of Asian descent.

"The people of the United States will always remember the victims of these shootings and stand in solidarity with those affected by this senseless tragedy and incidents of hate that have affected the Asian and Pacific Islander communities," the bill states.

In April, the Senate passed the bill in a 94-1 vote, with the only opposition coming from Sen. Josh Hawley, R-MO.

“My big problem with Sen Hirono’s bill that Senate voted on today is that it turns the federal government into the speech police -- gives government sweeping authority to decide what counts as offensive speech and then monitor it. Raises big free speech questions,” Hawley said in a statement about his vote.

The House GOP who voted against the legislation include:

  • Robert Aderholt of Alabama
  • Rick Allen of Georgia
  • Jodey Arrington of Texas
  • Brian Babin of Texas
  • Jim Banks of Indiana
  • Andy Biggs of Arizona
  • Dan Bishop of North Carolina
  • Laurne Boebert of Colorado
  • Mo Brooks of Alabama
  • Ted Budd of North Carolina
  • Tim Burchett of Tennessee
  • Kat Cammack of Florida
  • Jerry Carl of Alabama
  • Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina
  • Michael Cloud of Texas
  • Andrew Clyde of Georgia
  • Tom Cole of Oklahoma
  • Warren Davidson of Ohio
  • Byron Donalds of Florida
  • Jeff Duncan of South Carolina
  • Virginia Foxx of North Carolina
  • Matt Gaetz of Florida
  • Louie Gohmert of Texas
  • Bob Good of Virginia
  • Lance Gooden of Texas
  • Paul Gosar of Arizona
  • Mark Green of Tennessee
  • Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia
  • Michael Guest of Mississippi
  • Andy Harris of Maryland
  • Diana Harshbarger of Tennessee
  • Kevin Hern of Oklahoma
  • Yvette Herrell of New Mexico
  • Jody Hice of Georgia
  • Clay Higgins of Louisiana
  • Ronny Jackson of Texas
  • Mike Johnson of Louisiana
  • Jim Jordan of Ohio
  • Trent Kelly of Mississippi
  • Doug LaMalfa of California
  • Barry Loudermilk of Georgia
  • Nancy Mace of South Carolina
  • Tracey Mann of Kansas
  • Thomas Massie of Kentucky
  • Tom McClintock of California
  • Mary Miller of Illinois
  • Alex Mooney of West Virginia
  • Barry Moore of Alabama
  • Ralph Norman of South Carolina
  • Steven Palazzo of Mississippi
  • Gary Palmer of Alabama
  • Scott Perry of Pennsylvania
  • August Pfluger of Texas
  • Tom Rice of South Carolina
  • John Rose of Tennessee
  • Matt Rosendale of Montana
  • David Rouzer of North Carolina
  • Chip Roy of Texas
  • John Rutherford of Florida
  • Greg Steube of Florida
  • Tom Tiffany of Wisconsin
  • Randy Weber of Texas
People participate in a protest to demand an end to anti-Asian violence
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