PROBLEM SOLVERS CAUCUS ENDORSES BILL IN FIRST STEP TO HELP COMBAT HATE

June 5, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, June 5, 2020, the Problem Solvers Caucus officially endorsed H.R. 3545, the National Opposition to Hate, Assault, and Threats to Equality (NO HATE) Act, a bill that would strengthen federal law to combat hate speech, threats, and attacks.

Too many Americans fall victim to unspeakable acts of hate-fueled violence, including George Floyd, this endorsement is a necessary first step toward stopping the violence and offering hate crime victims and their families a path towards justice that many shockingly lack.

In backing this initiative, the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus has agreed to come together to support this important legislation.

The bill was first introduced in the House of Representatives by Reps. Don Beyer and Pete Olson. Reps. Josh Gottheimer and Will Hurd later presented it to the Problem Solvers Caucus for endorsement.

“While it will take more than legislation to address the issues of racism and bias in this country, the NO HATE Act is an important opportunity for Congress to directly facilitate change and I am proud to support it,” said Problem Solvers Co-Chair, Tom Reed (R-NY). “We have to come together as a nation right now and demonstrate we are willing to enact the policies that can move this country forward in a positive manner.”

"Right now, communities throughout North Jersey and across our country are mourning George Floyd and all those who’ve been murdered because of the color of their skin, their faith, or their background, and we're standing up for all those who've faced discrimination," said Problem Solvers Caucus Co-Chair, Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ). "By bringing this bill to the Caucus, with my friend Congressman Hurd, we're helping ensure our nation can better respond to and combat despicable acts of hate, we're standing up for justice, and we're fighting to make sure our country’s future is far better and brighter than our past."

“Law enforcement across the country should be tracking and reporting these incidents because that’s how we can make progress toward preventing these crimes,” said Rep. Will Hurd.  “We need the NO HATE Act to ensure this reporting happens, resources are made available to victims and their families and officers have the skills to appropriately address a hate crime. The voices of hate crime victims must be heard, and passing the NO HATE Act is a step forward in doing so.”

“We must stand up to hate wherever it is found,” said Rep. Kendra Horn. “The deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others are yet another tragic reminder of the work we still have to do to end systemic racism and injustice in our country. The bipartisan No HATE Act takes a step in the right direction by improving hate crime reporting and providing better support for victims and targeted communities.”

“The NO HATE Act is a major step in the right direction in the fight for racial justice,” said Rep. Fred Upton. “For too long, we have lacked a reliable system to report hate crimes and effectively address these heinous acts. Perpetrators must be held accountable, and it is past time for the Congress to step up in our nation’s fight to end racial injustice. Our country has no room for racism and hateful rhetoric, and I’m glad to support bipartisan legislation that protects our diverse communities.”

“We need a systemic response to combat the troubling rise in hate crimes across the country in recent years,” said Rep. Susie Lee. “To solve the problem, we first need to identify the problem, which is why the nationwide collection of hate crime incidents and data is so important. The bipartisan No HATE Act provides our communities with the tools they need to protect every American and gives hate crime victims a path toward justice.”

“Hate has no place anywhere,” said Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick. “I am a proud cosponsor of this bipartisan bill to improve reporting and expand assistance and resources for victims of hate crimes. We must do whatever we can to close gaps in existing hate crime reporting and strengthen the national response to these despicable crimes.”

“Hate, prejudice, and discrimination have no place in our society, said Rep. Anthony Brindisi.  “We need to do everything we can to eradicate hate and injustice from our society and from our hearts. The NO HATE Act will give authorities another tool to track hate crimes and ensure victims of hate crimes have the assistance and resources they need. Fighting back against hate is a bipartisan issue and this is a bipartisan solution.”

“I’m proud to be a co-sponsor of the National Opposition to Hate, Assault, and Threats to Equality (NO HATE) Act and am pleased to join the Problem Solvers Caucus in endorsing this bipartisan legislation,” said Rep. John Katko. “Discrimination has no place in our society. By closing critical gaps in existing hate crime reporting and providing grant funding for state-run hate crime hotlines, this bill takes important steps to ensure federal law adequately protects all Americans.”

“No American should be denied equal treatment, and even worse, fear for their life, because of the color of their skin,” said Rep. Van Taylor. “Recent tragedies have again called our attention to racial divides in America and while there is still so much work to be done, this legislation is a step in the right direction. As we mourn the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many others, we will come together as a nation to advance equal justice and work to heal the wounds, both institutional and cultural, dividing our county.”

"Hate crimes cannot be tolerated in this country and firm, decisive action should be taken to go after all groups and individuals who use hate to harm and attack our fellow citizens,” said Rep. Jim Costa. “We have a responsibility to address racism and all forms of prejudice. We can start by remembering that what unites us as Americans is far stronger than what divides us.”

“When it comes to eradicating hate in all its forms, actions speak louder than words,” said Rep. Dave Joyce. “That’s why I am proud to co-sponsor the NO HATE Act. This bipartisan legislation would take action to improve hate crime reporting, provide victims with support and options, prevent future hate crimes, and encourage entire communities to come together and heal from threats and crimes motivated by bias. I applaud my colleagues on the Problem Solvers Caucus for endorsing this bill and showing the American people that we recognize the dire need for Congress to put aside partisanship and help heal divisiveness in our nation.”

“We must all rally together to combat hateful actions,” said Rep. Tom Suozzi. “Fighting intolerance and bigotry has always been personal to me. I am proud to support this critical, bipartisan legislation.”

 

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 The Problem Solvers Caucus is a bipartisan group in Congress comprising 50 members – equally divided between Democrats and Republicans – who are committed to forging bipartisan cooperation on key issues. It is co-chaired by Congressman Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) and Congressman Tom Reed (R-NY).