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House Proceeding 04-29-09 on Apr 29th, 2009 :: 0:01:35 to 0:05:55
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John Jr.Conyers

0:01:28 to 0:01:48( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material, and i also -- the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. conyers: i ask unanimous consent to yield control of 10 minutes of the debate to the

John Jr.Conyers

0:01:35 to 0:05:55( Edit History Discussion )
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John Jr.Conyers

0:01:49 to 0:02:11( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: gentleman from illinois, mr. mark kirk. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. conyers: and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. conyers: members of the house, the measure before us enables the department of justice to come to the aid of state and local law enforcement agencies in investigating and

John Jr.Conyers

0:02:12 to 0:02:34( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: prosecuting bias-based brutality and helping defer the costs when they overwhelm state and local resources. and when necessary and if approved by the highest senate confirmed department officials it authorizes the department to step in and prosecute at the federal level.

John Jr.Conyers

0:02:35 to 0:02:56( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: what we're doing here today is expanding existing federal hate crimes laws beyond the confines of protecting access to a limited set of specified protected activities. what we do is add to the current list of group

John Jr.Conyers

0:02:57 to 0:03:17( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: characteristics deservedly recognized for protection. the reason being due to their well-known targets for bias -based violence, and so we add new ones that also clearly belong to the list.

John Jr.Conyers

0:03:18 to 0:03:38( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: and this is after careful scrutiny and hearings on this issue. we add sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and disability. these crimes of violence are directed not just of those who are directly attacked.

John Jr.Conyers

0:03:39 to 0:03:59( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: they are targeting the entire group with the threat of violence. so the group -- the groups in the bill differ from other groups that some have been trying to add on. and i understand some of their reasons for that.

John Jr.Conyers

0:04:00 to 0:04:20( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: which do not share the same kind of history of being targeted over a period of time for hate-based violence. our approach is consistent with the judgment made by the states that have hate crime laws, 45 of them.

John Jr.Conyers

0:04:21 to 0:04:41( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: t judgment as we have made for federal law that many groups should be protected elsewhere in the law, not in hate crimes groups. and i remind members that under

John Jr.Conyers

0:04:42 to 0:05:06( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: lyndon johnson in 1968 we first started hate crimes bills under the arson -- the church arson bills. the president called us into the white house with the governors of southern states to

John Jr.Conyers

0:05:07 to 0:05:27( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: advise them that the burning of churches, the arson, the cross burnings were so out of control in many states that there was no other remedy that -- except that by statute the federal government would have to intercede where they invited

John Jr.Conyers

0:05:28 to 0:05:48( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: them to do so. and from that has grown this bill that has been tested in the supreme court and many other lower courts, and so we come before you with a bill that does not encroach upon the

John Jr.Conyers

0:05:49 to 0:05:56( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: first amendment or the fourth amendment or the part of the constitution that leaves all other powers to the states.

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