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President Bush poised to make 'hate crimes' veto

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Note: Forty-five states and the District of Columbia have passed hate crime statutes, many based on model legislation drafted by the ADL.

The White House is reaffirming its plan to veto legislation that would federalize the prosecution of so-called “hate crimes.”

Last week the Senate voted to attach “hate crime” legislation to the Defense Authorization bill. The amendment, sponsored by Senator Ted Kennedy (D-Massachusetts), would expand hate crime law to include crimes motivated by gender, sexual orientation, or disability of victims.

With the exception of the hate crimes amendment, President Bush supports the must-pass spending bill. According to Goeglein, the White House thinks it is irresponsible to add a provision the president has already committed to vetoing to an “otherwise necessary bill.”

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