From the Washington Post:
The Senate overwhelmingly voted to limit debate on a bill aimed at understanding and combating the harassment and violence directed at Asian Americans since the beginning of the pandemic, with only six Republicans voting against it.
The bill directs the Justice Department to expedite a review of the uptick in hate crimes in the Asian American community, believed to be stoked by President Donald Trump and other Republicans who insisted on calling the coronavirus the “Chinese virus” or other such stigmatizing terms.
The 92-to-6 vote came after some uncertainty earlier in the week about whether Republicans would support the narrowly focused legislation. The Republican senators who opposed it were Tom Cotton (Ark.), Josh Hawley (Mo.), Rand Paul (Ky.), Tommy Tuberville (Ala.), Roger Marshall (Kan.) and Ted Cruz (Tex.).
Can anyone explain to me why these six senators voted against the bill? (Sorry, but being racist Trump-suckers does not count.)
My guess is that each will say it had nothing whatsoever to do with race, color, creed, or anything like that but it was some mealy-mouthed excuse that laws shouldn’t be written to focus on just one segment of our society… which is the same reason they come up with for voting against the Violence Against Women Act, and back in the day, the Matthew Shepherd Act because — honest to Dog — they say that all people are equal under the law. They really believe that pointing out that Asians or women or LGBTQ people is “political posturing.”
We all know that’s a load of crap. But then, I would expect nothing less from these sorry excuses for representatives.