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WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBS) — The Senate unanimously passed a bill Wednesday to make lynching a federal crime. It now goes to the House and is expected to pass.

Two hundred previous attempts by Congress to pass anti-lynching legislation have failed.

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker co-sponsored the bill.

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“Justice for the victims of lynching has been too long denied,” Booker said. “And as we look forward we must collectively, in this body, make a strong, unequivocal statement.”

The Senate’s two other African American members, Kamala Harris of California and Tim Scott of South Carolina, joined Booker in sponsoring the bill.