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Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul Blocks Passage of Anti-Lynching Bill

HeadlineJun 04, 2020

On Capitol Hill, Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is holding up quick passage of a bill — sponsored by the Senate’s three Black members — that would make lynching a federal hate crime. Senator Paul objected to passing the bill by unanimous consent Wednesday, saying it could “conflate lesser crimes with lynching.” In February, the House passed its version of the bill, the Emmett Till Antilynching Act, on a vote of 410 to 4.

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