Bush Threatens Veto of Hate Crimes Bill
Posted May 3, 2007 1:21 PM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
President Bush is threatening to veto a bill that expands hate crimes legislation to protect against crimes motivated by gender or sexual orientation.
A White House statement said state and local laws already provide penalties for such crimes and there is no need to "need to federalize such a potentially large range of violent crime enforcement," according to the Associated Press. It also suggested the bill may be unconstitutional.
The House was expected to pass the bill today.