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.READ MORE: Jalen Hurts, Eagles No Match For Cowboys In 41-21 Loss In Dallas
Two hundred previous attempts by Congress to pass anti-lynching legislation have failed.
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker co-sponsored the bill.READ MORE: Philadelphia School District Superintendent Dr. William Hite Will Not Seek Contract Renewal After School Year
“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.”MORE NEWS: EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Large Group Of Noisy Dirt Bikes, ATVs Take Over Radnor Streets
The Senate’s two other African American members, Kamala Harris of California and Tim Scott of South Carolina, joined Booker in sponsoring the bill.