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Hawley Votes against Legislation Designed to Fight Hate Crimes against Asian Americans

FILE - IN this Jan 15, 2019 file photo, Senate Judiciary Committee committee member Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., questions Attorney General nominee William Barr during a Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Hawley is facing conservative backlash after raising concerns with President Donald Trump's nominee to a high-profile appeals court. The Judicial Crisis Network on Monday announced plans to spend $500,000 on Missouri ads to sway Hawley to support D.C.-area U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Neomi Rao. Hawley on Monday told KFTK 97.1 FM Newstalk's Marc Cox that Rao doesn't have a strong record on abortion. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Missouri U.S. Senator Josh Hawley has voted against legislation designed to fight hate crimes against Asian Americans. Alisa Nelson reports.

Hawley, a Republican, was one of only six lawmakers who opposed the measure. Hate crimes against Asian Americans have been increasingly reported during the pandemic and the bill would speed up a U.S. Department of Justice review of those cases.

Other Senate Republicans who voted against the legislation were Ted Cruz of Texas, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Tommy Tuberville of Alabama.

A final vote could happen at any time.

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