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In Rare Moment Of Bipartisan Unity, Senate Approves Asian American Hate Crimes Bill

The Senate approved new legislation to address a spike in hate crimes and violence targeted at the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. It marked a rare moment of bipartisan unity.

Capping nearly two weeks of talks between Democrats and Republicans, the Senate approved legislation on Thursday to ramp up law enforcement efforts to better protect the Asian American and Pacific Islander community from hate crimes.

The move marks a rare moment of bipartisan unity needed to approve the Senate legislation despite a new political era marked by increasingly bitter party divisions.

The bill, which needed 60 votes for passage in the evenly

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