Provided by Congresswoman Barbara Comstock’s Office
Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA) released the following statement after H. Res. 257, her bipartisan anti-hate crimes resolution, passed the House of Representatives today:
“Since 2014 there has been an increase in hate crimes against Muslims, Jews, Sikhs, African Americans and other minority or ethnic groups. I am pleased that the House passed my resolution, H. Res. 257 today, in which I partnered with my friend Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) to condemn these hateful acts. This resolution also calls for the Department of Justice to improve hate crime reporting and encourages the creation of an inter-agency task force between the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, Education, State, the FBI and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to work together to detect and deter hate crimes.
“This is the companion legislation to Senate Resolution 118, introduced by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA). H. Res. 257 calls on federal law enforcement, working with state and local officials, to investigate all credible reports of hate crime occurrences in the United States, hold perpetrators accountable, and bring them to justice. As I said when we introduced this legislation, our communities and law enforcement must remain vigilant about those who would perpetrate hate crimes, which divides our communities and strikes fear in any number of ethnic groups or religious minorities. We stand united against such violence and discrimination and encourage law enforcement at all levels to work together to curb these actions.”