Kentucky’s Republican Senator Rand Paul is holding up a bi-partisan supported anti-lynching bill that already passed the House in February 410-4. Paul is holding up the bill because he feels sending someone charged with lynching to prison for ten years when they may have only inflicted “minor bruising” is a “disservice to those who were lynched in our history.”
Paul said his amendment “would simply apply a serious bodily injury standard to ensure crimes resulting in substantial risk of death and extreme pain would be prosecuted as lynching.”
Paul doesn’t want someone to take advantage of the lynching law and use something like minor brusing as “a PR stunt”.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer isn’t happy with Paul, tweeting Wednesday “It’s shameful that one GOP Senator is standing in the way of this bill becoming law.”