Lynching is not a federal crime in the US, Sen. Rand Paul stands in the way

Source: ABC News - View Original Article
Published: Jul 02, 2020
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62% Liberal


Bias Score Calculation:

74% Positive Sentiment + Policies: Anti-Discrimination Laws = 74% Liberal
52% Negative Sentiment + Policies: Anti-Discrimination Laws = 52% Conservative


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91% "The three senators applauded the passage of the House bill in February."
86% "In order for the Senate to quickly pass the House bill, they would need to agree to it unanimously and without offering amendments."
84% "The House has already passed an anti-lynching legislation, which is awaiting approval in the Senate."
81% "Rush has tweeted about the need to pass the anti-lynching legislation in light of the death of Ahmaud Arbery."
75% "Rush proposed the legislation on the House side."
74% "While Paul's office did not clarify which part of the law might allow bruising and other offenses to be punishable as a lynching, it is possible he was referring to language that already exists in U.S. law, which punishes anyone who willfully injures or intimidates while committing certain civil rights violations."
70% "ABC News reached out to Paul's office for clarification and was pointed in the direction of a statement about Paul's proposed amendment to the legislation."
68% "Though the Senate passed their bill unanimously in 2019, a spokesperson for Paul's office told ABC News that the vote was taken while Paul was not able to be present."
60% "On Wednesday, Scott told Politico that the House could easily move the legislation by taking up the anti-lynching bill that already passed in the Senate."
54% "When the House passed their legislation on Feb. 26, 2020, advocates were hopeful that the House and Senate measures could be quickly reconciled and the legislation could head to President Donald Trump's desk before the conclusion of Black History Month."
50% "Lynching is still not a federal crime in the United States, despite nearly 200 attempts by lawmakers to make it so."
-52% "The language of the Emmett Till Antilynching Act is IDENTICAL to the bill that was unanimously approved by the Senate, Rush tweeted."
-63% "My amendment would simply apply a serious bodily injury standard, which would ensure crimes resulting in substantial risk of death and extreme physical pain be prosecuted as a lynching."
-75% "The two bills are nearly identical."
-83% "The bill received broad bipartisan support, clearing the House by a vote of 410-4."

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91% : The three senators applauded the passage of the House bill in February.
86% : In order for the Senate to quickly pass the House bill, they would need to agree to it unanimously and without offering amendments.
84% : The House has already passed an anti-lynching legislation, which is awaiting approval in the Senate.
81% : Rush has tweeted about the need to pass the anti-lynching legislation in light of the death of Ahmaud Arbery.
75% : Rush proposed the legislation on the House side.
74% : But on Wednesday, Paul told reporters he has concerns about the bill, which he said might allow more minor altercations to be punishable as lynchings. "Bruises could be considered lynching," Paul said.
74% : Paul agreed that lynching should be "universally condemned," but said conflating the act with minor offenses does a "disservice to those who were lynched in our history."
74% : While Paul's office did not clarify which part of the law might allow bruising and other offenses to be punishable as a lynching, it is possible he was referring to language that already exists in U.S. law, which punishes anyone who "willfully injures" or "intimidates" while committing certain civil rights violations.
72% : The House passed their anti-lynching bill in February, named in remembrance of Emmett Till, a young black teenager who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955.
70% : ABC News reached out to Paul's office for clarification and was pointed in the direction of a statement about Paul's proposed amendment to the legislation.
68% : Though the Senate passed their bill unanimously in 2019, a spokesperson for Paul's office told ABC News that the vote was taken while Paul was not able to be present.
63% : "The only conclusion I can draw from @RandPaul's sudden opposition is he has an issue with the House bill being named after Emmett Till."
60% : He expressed frustration with Paul's opposition to the House bill.
60% : On Wednesday, Scott told Politico that the House could easily move the legislation by taking up the anti-lynching bill that already passed in the Senate.
54% : When the House passed their legislation on Feb. 26, 2020, advocates were hopeful that the House and Senate measures could be quickly reconciled and the legislation could head to President Donald Trump's desk before the conclusion of Black History Month.
53% : "That's a problem, to put someone in jail for 10 years for some kind of altercation."
51% : If the House bill passed, it is possible that those who commit these types of violations -- which are not necessarily life-threatening -- could potentially face the harsher punishment of up to 10 years in prison if the violation was done in conspiracy with a group and deemed a lynching.
50% : Lynching is still not a federal crime in the United States, despite nearly 200 attempts by lawmakers to make it so.
48% : If passed as it currently stands, the bill would increase the penalty for those who commit certain civil rights violations, already outlawed in U.S. code, if the violator is found to have been conspiring with a group, according to a spokesperson for Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill.
48% : The Senate bill, which was proposed by the three black members of the Senate: Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Cory Booker, D-N.J. and Tim Scott, R-S.C.
48% : "The language of the Emmett Till Antilynching Act is IDENTICAL to the bill that was unanimously approved by the Senate," Rush tweeted.
47% : Now, as the nation grapples with the death of George Floyd, one lawmaker is standing in the way of allowing the historic passage of a bill that would outlaw lynchings: Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.
46% : This gets at the "mob mentality" of a lynching, the spokesperson said.
46% : A nearly identical version passed the Senate in 2019 unanimously.
42% : Adding an amendment would require the full vote of the Senate, and would mean that the bill would have to be sent back to the House for additional consideration -- a move that would delay the passing of the bill because the House is currently out of session.
37% : "The bill as written would allow altercations resulting in a cut, abrasion, bruise, or any other injury, no matter how temporary, to be subject to a 10-year penalty," the statement read.
37% : "My amendment would simply apply a serious bodily injury standard, which would ensure crimes resulting in substantial risk of death and extreme physical pain be prosecuted as a lynching."
34% : The National Journal was the first to report that Paul was the senator who was blocking the legislation from proceeding.
25% : The two bills are nearly identical.
17% : The bill received broad bipartisan support, clearing the House by a vote of 410-4.

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