Today, Ira N. Forman, CEO of the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC), released the following statement:
Today’s action by the U.S. Senate is a testament to the strong leadership of our Democratic House and Senate leadership in passing hate crimes legislation – legislation which has been delayed for far too long. The American Jewish community has reached a virtual consensus in supporting hate crime legislation for so many key reasons; most importantly, these despicable actions victimize a much larger community, while fostering intolerance and bigotry.
At a time when the hand of extremist violence can be seen all too frequently, this essential legislation will expand the scope of the federal hate-crimes law and lend a powerful tool to law enforcement to combat hate crimes. NJDC applauds our Senate and House Democratic leaders for addressing this top Jewish community priority, and we look forward to the President signing this bill into law.
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