Alexander: Hate Crimes Amendment Goes Too Far, Doesn’t Belong in Defense Bill

Posted on October 22, 2009

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement today regarding his vote against the Defense Authorization bill Conference Report: “I voted against the Defense bill because the Democratic majority attached something which has nothing to do with defense: an expansion of hate crimes rules. Tennessee already has its own state law allowing for more severe sentencing for crimes based on a victim’s race, religion, color, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, or gender. I support providing states and local authorities with federal assistance to enforce their own laws, but the changes in this legislation go too far. It’s a shame that this piece of legislation was added to a bill that’s supposed to be about supporting our troops.”