Senate Democrats blocked an amendment to the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act that would have stripped federal funding from universities discriminating against Asian Americans.
The amendment failed in a 49-48 vote, with all voting Republicans in favor and all voting Democrats against, it needed 60 votes to pass.
Vote Breakdown⬇️ Need 60 votes. pic.twitter.com/Ai1peUqpgx
— Tim Swain (@SwainForSenate) April 22, 2021
Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and John Kennedy (R-LA), who co-sponsored the amendment, released a statement addressing its rejection by Democrats, pointing out how “Democrats are only paying lip service to fight discrimination against Asian Americans.”
“In an unbelievably cynical move, Senate Democrats blocked efforts to stop discrimination against Asian Americans in higher education, where racial bias has become all too common,” the Senators said. “This amendment would bar funds from institutions that discriminate against Asian American students.”
“Despite their calls to end racism, it is clear Democrats are only paying lip service to fighting discrimination against Asian Americans and will allow targeted discrimination against them to continue at America’s universities and colleges,” they added.
On the Senate floor, Cruz pointed out that the Department of Justice “was suing Yale for its discrimination against Asian Americans until the Biden administration dismissed that lawsuit.”
“My amendment, simply put, would prohibit institutions of higher education from receiving any federal funding if they have a policy or if they engage in discrimination against Asian-Americans during recruitment, review of applications or admissions,” he added.
Sen. Ted Cruz: The DOJ "was suing Yale for its discrimination against Asian Americans until the Biden admin dismissed that lawsuit. My amd. would prohibit [higher ed] from receiving any federal $$ if they have a policy or engage in discrimination against Asian Americans." pic.twitter.com/b6APiQyVqI
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) April 22, 2021
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