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McConnell signals support for Democrats’ anti-Asian hate crimes bill

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 06: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) talks to reporters after the Senate voted to confirm Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh at the U.S. Capitol October 06, 2018 in Washington, DC. The Senate voted 50-48 to confirm Kavanaugh to replace retired Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 06:  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) talks to reporters after the Senate voted to confirm Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh at the U.S. Capitol October 06, 2018 in Washington, DC. The Senate voted 50-48 to confirm Kavanaugh to replace retired Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 06: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) spoke to reporters at the U.S. Capitol October 06, 2018 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is showing support for the Democrats’ proposed bill aimed at fighting Asian hate crimes.

On Tuesday, McConnell said he’s interested on hashing out a deal on the matter. The legislation would help track and report hate crimes committed against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, who have experienced an uptick in racist violence over the past year.

The Justice Department would create an online database documenting incidents as they happen.

McConnell said actual bipartisan work would need happen, but showed interest in the bill overall.

LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 03: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), delivers his victory speech next to his wife, Elaine Chao, at the Omni Louisville Hotel on November 3, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky. McConnell has reportedly defeated his opponent, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Amy McGrath, marking his seventh consecutive U.S. Senate win. (Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY – NOVEMBER 03: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) delivered his victory speech next to his wife, Elaine Chao, at the Omni Louisville Hotel on November 3, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images)

 

“Yeah, I can tell you as a proud husband of an Asian American woman I think this discrimination against Asian Americans is a real problem and it preceded the murders that were recently on full display,” McConnell stated. “I’m hoping we can work out an agreement to get on the bill in a normal way, have some amendments and move to final passage.”

Republicans have signaled they will not filibuster this legislation.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said the bill will be debated sometime this week.

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