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Biden, saying ‘silence is complicity,’ signs COVID hate crimes bill into law

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By Jarrett Renshaw WASHINGTON (Reuters) -President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act that overwhelmingly passed Congress in a rare show of bipartisanship following a spate of high-profile attacks on Asian Americans in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. “Silence is complicity and we cannot be complicit. We have to speak out. We have to act,” Biden told lawmakers. “That’s what you’ve done. And I can’t thank you enough. I’m proud today.” The legislation passed the Senate by a vote of 94-1 in April and the House of Representatives by 364-62 earlier this month. B…

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