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S. 937 (117th): COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act

A bill to facilitate the expedited review of COVID-19 hate crimes, and for other purposes.

Sponsor and status

Mazie Hirono

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Hawaii. Democrat.

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Last Updated: May 19, 2021
Length: 8 pages
Mar 23, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Enacted — Signed by the President on May 20, 2021

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on May 20, 2021.

Pub.L. 117-13

44 Cosponsors (42 Democrats, 2 Independents)


Position statements

Statement of Administration Policy

President Joseph Biden [D]: S.937 – COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act of 2021 (Apr 14, 2021)

What legislators are saying

Rep. Zeldin to Support Legislation Combating Asian American Hate on House Floor Today
    — Rep. Lee Zeldin [R-NY1, 2015-2022] on May 18, 2021

President Biden Signs Legislation to Combat Discrimination Against Asian Americans After Rep. Luria Supports House Passage
    — Rep. Elaine Luria [D-VA2, 2019-2022] on May 20, 2021

Congressman Panetta Supports House Passage of the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, Bill Advances to President for Signature
    — Rep. Jimmy Panetta [D-CA19] on May 19, 2021

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Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

H.R. 2383: Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer National Opposition to Hate, Assault, and Threats to Equality Act of 2021

Introduced on Apr 8, 2021. 90% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 1086: Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act

Introduced on Apr 13, 2021. 90% incorporated. (compare text)


Mar 23, 2021

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Apr 22, 2021
Passed Senate (House next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the Senate. It goes to the House next.

May 14, 2021
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Preprint (Suspension).

May 18, 2021
Passed House

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill.

May 20, 2021
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

S. 937 (117th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 937. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 117th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2021 to Jan 3, 2023. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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