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Senate Proceeding on Jul 15th, 2009 :: 1:30:00 to 1:45:25
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Dianne Feinstein

1:29:42 to 1:30:02( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: quorum call: a senator: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent the call of the quorum be dispensed. .the presiding officer: wit objection. mrs. feinstein: thank you, mr. president. it is my understanding we are now on the hate which takes the form of a hate crimes prevention act introduced by senator kennedy and i would

Dianne Feinstein

1:30:00 to 1:45:25( Edit History Discussion )
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Dianne Feinstein

1:30:03 to 1:30:23( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: like to speak on that. i'd like to begin by commending and his leadership and dedication on this issue for a long, long time. he has been the leader. he has been persistent. i know he remains fully supportive.

Dianne Feinstein

1:30:24 to 1:30:44( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: this has been offered as an amendment to the defense authorization bill, and the reason is because it is so long overdue. this bill would expand the federal definition of a hate crime so that the federal governnt can prosecute crimes committed because of a person's

Dianne Feinstein

1:30:45 to 1:31:05( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: gender, gender identity, disability, or other sexual orientation. it would increase the justice department's authority to prosecute by removing old restrictions that say a hate crime must involve a victim who was attacked because of hate and attacked while voting, attending

Dianne Feinstein

1:31:06 to 1:31:27( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: a public school, serving on a injury, or involved in another specially designated activity. so the existing legislation limited, and this would remove that limitation. it would authorize $5 million in federal grants to help states,

Dianne Feinstein

1:31:28 to 1:31:48( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: localities, and indian tribes investigate and prosecute hate crimes. it would also allow the federal government t technical, for rein circumstance and prosecutorial -- forensic, and prosecutorial assistance to ates and localities who prosecute these kinds of crimes

Dianne Feinstein

1:31:49 to 1:32:12( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: department of justice to begin programs that combat hate crimes committed by children and teenagers. and this is this is a concern. it would allow law enforcement to gather more data about violent hate crimes so that we know how big the problem is and can work to f

Dianne Feinstein

1:32:13 to 1:32:33( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: let me give you a little bit of history. i've been working on hate crimes since i joined the senate and the judiciary committee almost 17 years ago. i know this amendment's history very well. in the 103rd congress, i introduced

Dianne Feinstein

1:32:34 to 1:32:56( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: sentencing enhancement act to substantially increase criminal sentences whenever a crime was committed on federal land that really had an element of hatred to it relating to race, color, religion, national origin, eth nighs tirks or sexual orientation. the bill was actlly enacted

Dianne Feinstein

1:32:57 to 1:33:17( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: into law in 1994, important first step. in the 105th congress, kennedy introduced the hate crimes prevention act. for the first time. and i cosponsors. that was in 1997, and this is the bill we are still talking about today.

Dianne Feinstein

1:33:18 to 1:33:40( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: 12 years later. in the 106th congress, senator kennedy reintroduced the bill. the bill was 43 cosponsors, but it did not pass. in the 107th congress, two years later, senator kennedy reintroduced it again. it

Dianne Feinstein

1:33:41 to 1:34:02( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: it had 50 in july out of the judiciary committee, but a cloture vote in 2002 failed by a vote of that was seven years ago. one half of the senate was cosponsoring this bill, but we

Dianne Feinstein

1:34:03 to 1:34:23( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: lost by six votes on a cloture vote. senator kennedy reintroduced the bill in the 108th, the 109th, and the 110th congresses. each time there was broad and bipartisan support, but the bill did not pass. in this congress, the bill has

Dianne Feinstein

1:34:24 to 1:34:44( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: 45 cosponsors. the attorney general has testified in support of it, and a similar bill passed the house. i believe it's time to pass this legislation. let me be candid and say that i still do not understand the opposition to the bill.

Dianne Feinstein

1:34:45 to 1:35:05( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: it does not criminalize speech. it only applies to violent acts. and these are acts whe the victim is targeted because of who they are, becau of their race, their national origin, their disability, their gender, or their sexual orientation.

Dianne Feinstein

1:35:06 to 1:35:27( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: we should have passed this bill many years ago. now, according to the f.b.i., roughly one hate crime occurs every single hour of every day in the united states. f.b.i. statistics are not complete because they rely on valary reporting from local law

Dianne Feinstein

1:35:28 to 1:35:49( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: enforcement agencies, but they are nonetheless, i think, chilling and compelling. in 2007, 7,264 incidents were reported to the f.b.i. with a total of 9,535

Dianne Feinstein

1:35:50 to 1:36:11( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: victims. approximately 50% of the victims were attacked because of their race, religion, 16% because of their sexual orientation, 13% because of their ethnicity or national

Dianne Feinstein

1:36:12 to 1:36:33( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: origin, and 1% because disability. the nonprofit law center estimates that if we had information about all of the hate crimes that occur in the united states, the total number would be close to 50,000. now, these crimes come in all sizes and all shapes, but they

Dianne Feinstein

1:36:34 to 1:36:54( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: have one common theme: they leave people terrified, hurt, even dead, and they rip communities apart. story of james byrd jr., a

Dianne Feinstein

1:36:55 to 1:37:16( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: 50-year-old black man who was savagely murdered in jasper, texas, in 1958, 11 years ago, while this bill was under consideration. mr. byrd was walking home from his parents home late one night. he was picked up by three white men in a pickup truck. they took him to the woods. they savagely beat him.

Dianne Feinstein

1:37:17 to 1:37:40( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: they chained him to the back of the truck, and they dragged him two miles to his death. his for so was found at the -- his torso was found at the edge of a paved road. his head and arm were found in a ditch a mile away. the three men were later

Dianne Feinstein

1:37:43 to 1:38:03( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: discovered to be ku spl ku klux klan supporters. a crime like this is not only tragic for the victim and his family but it makes an entire group of people terrified to leave their homes at night, and it tears communities apart in a potentially irreparable way. this is a heinous crime.

Dianne Feinstein

1:38:04 to 1:38:26( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: hate was the driving and the law and the punishment ought to reflect that. mr. byrd was killed 11 years ago, and things have not gotten better. let me tell you about three trends that i find particularly disturbing. first, hate crimes targeting

Dianne Feinstein

1:38:27 to 1:38:49( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: hispanic-americans between 2003 and 2007. f.b.i. statistics show that these crimes are rising every single year. in latinos.

Dianne Feinstein

1:38:50 to 1:39:11( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: in 2005, 475. 2005, 522. see it rachetting up? 2006, 576. and that's -- and 2007, 595. that's a 40% increase in four years. the leadership counsel on civil

Dianne Feinstein

1:39:12 to 1:39:33( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: rights -- excuse me, the leadership conference on civil ghts has reported that this increase in with the heated debate over comprehensive immigration reform. and we've all heard the talk shows that preach hatred, and is is part of the result.

Dianne Feinstein

1:39:34 to 1:39:56( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: regardless of the reason, though, for the unacceptable for us just to stand by and let these crimes increase. another example: in shenandoah, pennsylvania, this year, a 31-year-old mexican immigrant and father of two was beaten to death by a group of

Dianne Feinstein

1:39:57 to 1:40:18( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: high school yelled ethnic slurs as they punched and kicked him. they beat him until he was unconscious and convulsing. he died two days later from those injuries. then just last week, a latino janitor in ladera ranch, california, was doing her maintenance round when two men

Dianne Feinstein

1:40:19 to 1:40:43( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: hit her on the head, stabbed her with a switch blad with a switchblade, while yelling racial slurs at her. another racial crime last week. these are brutal and the victims are attacked because of who they are -- religion, their heritage, and

Dianne Feinstein

1:40:44 to 1:41:04( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: their attacker's hate and vengeance. there is a second troubling trend. the f.b.i. reported 1,265 hate crimes against gay men and lesbians in only the crimes reported. many more crimes against particular community are

Dianne Feinstein

1:41:05 to 1:41:25( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: believed to go unreported to local law enforcement. the f.b.i. has been reporting at least this community every single year these crimes are equally chilling. last december a woman in my

Dianne Feinstein

1:41:26 to 1:41:46( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: state, in the san francisco bay area, in richmond, california, who happened to be lesbian was attacked bier four men when -- by four men when she got out of her car which had a "gay pride" sticker on its license plate. they raped her and made comments about her sexual orientation.

Dianne Feinstein

1:41:47 to 1:42:07( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: then they drove her seven blocks away and raped her over and over again before leaving her naked on apartment complex. this is thunited states of america. in my state, too, in oxnard, california,

Dianne Feinstein

1:42:08 to 1:42:28( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: gay boy named larry king was harassed and bullied by his classmates for many years. one day in 2008 he was sitting in an english class in school when a fellow classmate stood, took out a shotgun -- excuse me, a handgun, and shot him in the

Dianne Feinstein

1:42:29 to 1:42:51( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: head. larry king died in the hospital a few days later. so it's essential that we give law enforcement all of the resources we need to investigate, to solve, to prosecute, and to punish these crimes. finally, there is a third area

Dianne Feinstein

1:42:52 to 1:43:14( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: i'm very concerned about. most of the worst of these crimes are being committed today by young people. on election night, just year, four young men between the ages of 18 and 21 drove to a predominantly african-american neighborhood in staten island

Dianne Feinstein

1:43:15 to 1:43:36( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: where they brutally beat a teenager who was walking home from watching the election results. they went on to assault another black man and they used their car to run over a third man. they injured this man so badly, he was left in a coma.

Dianne Feinstein

1:43:37 to 1:43:58( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: in shan an dough washings the individual -- in sheen an dough with a, the individuals who beat a mexican immigrant to death were all 21 or younger and in oxnard, the boy who shot larry caning was 14 years old. can you imagine being consumed by hatred at 14 years old and

Dianne Feinstein

1:43:59 to 1:44:19( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: when that means for the future -- and what that means for the future of your life? why would the department of justice more resources to fight these crimes? these hate crimes are terrifying terrifying. these are americans' daily lives we'r

Dianne Feinstein

1:44:20 to 1:44:40( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: people who are walking to work, driving home at night, working, or, yes, sitting in our nation's school classrooms. so this legislation is important. it will allow government to prosecute -- to prosecute where states or

Dianne Feinstein

1:44:41 to 1:45:03( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: localities are not will to. it will allow partment to assist states and localities who want to prosecute but don't have the resources or expertise they need. it does not criminalize speech. it only applies to violent acts, not expressive conduct. it is bipartisan and supported

Dianne Feinstein

1:45:04 to 1:45:24( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: by a majority of commerce. 26 state attorneys general advocating for it and so are more than 41 civil rights groups, 55 women's groups, 79 latino groups, 16 gay rights groups, 63 religious organizations that represent hundreds of congregati

Dianne Feinstein

1:45:25 to 1:45:28( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: by the international association

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