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Bush Threatens Veto of Hate Crimes Bill

Posted May 3, 2007 2:21 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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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.

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