The initiative is aimed at combating the increasing attacks on Asian Americans.
The initiative aims to create a dedicated position in the Department of Justice dedicated to this issue and improve reporting on hate crimes in the states and at the local level.
94 senators supported the proposal, and only one Republican, Josh Hawley-voted against it.
The passage of the bill was “a clear signal of solidarity, showing that the Senate will not turn a blind eye to the wave of anti-Asian violence in the country,” said the author of the bill, Senator Mazie Hirono representing the state of Hawaii.
Tammy Duckworth – one of two senators of Asian descent and Hirono-told how her elderly mother was abused at a grocery store because of her background.
“This bill will allow me to go home to my mother and say that we have done something,” she said.