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Senate passes anti-lynching bill after nearly 200 failed attempts | The Washington Times

Senate passes anti-lynching bill after nearly 200 failed attempts | The Washington Times The Senate unanimously approved legislation Wednesday making mob lynching a federal civil rights crime, after a century of attempts.

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Led by Sen. Kamala Harris, California Democrat, the bill could impose a sentence of life in prison on those found guilty.

“This is a very meaningful moment for this body,” said Sen. Cory Booker, a New Jersey Democrat who joined Ms. Harris on the floor to push the bill through.

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Ms. Harris said the Senate has failed nearly 200 previous attempts to pass such a bill.

While the House had passed such a law several times, southern senators had always blocked approval.

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Attempts to pass the legislation petered out in the 1960s — though in 2005 senators did approve a resolution apologizing to victims of lynching for past failures.


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