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Sen. Harris Rips Sen. Paul for Blocking Anti-Lynching Bill

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By    |   Monday, 08 June 2020 02:57 PM

Sen. Kamala Harris criticized Sen. Rand Paul’s decision to hold up an anti-lynching bill from moving forward on the same day as George Floyd’s funeral.

During a Monday appearance on ABC’s “The View,” the Democrat from California said Paul’s actions were insulting.

Last week, Paul, R-KY, argued the legislation needed to be amended.

“It has been over 100 years that people have been trying to pass in the United States Senate, in the United States Congress, an anti-lynching bill,” Harris said. “I felt very strongly about what Rand Paul is doing, which is one man holding up what would be a historic bill recognizing one of the great sins of America — and it was on the day of George Floyd's funeral, which just added insult to injury, and frankly made it so painful that on that day that's what was happening.”

Paul argued that the way the bill was written it would classify “any bodily injury including a cut, an abrasion, or a bruise, physical pain, illness or any other injury to the body" as lynching, The Hill reports.

Harris and Sen. Cory Booker D-N.J., two of the Senate's three black senators, tried to stop Paul’s blockage so the legislation could have been passed through the Senate on Thursday, the day of Floyd’s memorial service.

Harris added the anti-lynching measure is part of the police reform overhaul that House Democrats introduced Monday.

“So, I do believe that we have an opportunity to pass it,” she said of the anti-lynching legislation.

The House passed its own bill that would make lynching a federal hate crime earlier this year.

Last year, the Senate passed legislation authored by Booker, Harris and Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., to make lynching a federal hate crime. The bill did not make it past the then-GOP-controlled House. 

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