Meng Joins House Speaker and Senate Majority Leader for Congressional Signing Ceremony for Her COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act

May 19, 2021
Press Release
Congresswoman’s bill, which seeks to help combat anti-Asian hate, to be signed by President Biden tomorrow
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This afternoon, U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) joined House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) at a congressional bill signing ceremony for her COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, which seeks to help combat the ongoing hate and violence against Asian Americans. Meng’s bill passed the House yesterday 364 to 62 following last month’s approval in the Senate by a vote of 94 to 1. The legislation will now be signed into law by President Biden tomorrow (on Thursday).
 
Today’s ceremony on Capitol Hill was an enrollment ceremony, which is when the final copy of a bill that has passed both chambers of Congress in identical form is printed on parchment paper, signed by House and Senate officials, and sent to the President for signature.
 
“My COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act  is one step closer to the finish line and I am deeply thankful that the bill continues to advance,” said Meng. “I thank Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Schumer for hosting this ceremony for my legislation, and I thank them for all their efforts to get the measure passed. They have been true allies of the Asian American community in our fight against hate, and steadfast supporters of my legislation. I now look forward to President Biden signing my bill on Thursday.”
 
The COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, which Meng reintroduced in March with Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI), would among other things, create a position at the Department of Justice to facilitate expedited review of COVID-19 hate crimes, encourage more reporting of incidents in multiple languages, and help make different communities feel more empowered to come forward and report these incidents. It would also direct federal agencies to work with community-based organizations to raise awareness of hate crimes during the pandemic.