STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT: Hate Crimes Legislation (9/13/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release                                           September
13, 2000

                        STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

     I applaud the House members who voted today in favor of comprehensive
hate crimes legislation.  This courageous bipartisan vote sends a strong
message that everyone deserves equal treatment under the law - no matter
what his or her race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual
orientation, or disability.

     The House vote endorses legislation approved by the Senate in June in
a vote presided over by Vice President Gore.  This historic legislation
will help fight hate crimes by strengthening the law and providing state
and local prosecutors the tools they need to enforce it.  I urge House and
Senate conferees to act swiftly on this legislation so I can sign it into


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