The Senate has unanimously approved bipartisan legislation that would make lynching a federal crime.
The efforts to pass these laws were led by two Democratic senators who may run for president in the 2020 elections, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California.
Joining them as lead sponsors of the anti-lynching bill was the senates third African American member, Republican Tim Scott of South Carolina. Efforts to do this have failed several times in the past. Sponsors of the bill say the nearly 200 previous attempts have all been blocked by Congress.
It’s unclear if the house is going to act on the anti-lynching measure before or after the Chrismas holiday.