Rep. Amash among 4 lawmakers to vote against anti-lynching bill

click to enlarge Gage SkidmoreU.S. Rep. Justin Amash speaking with attendees at the 2017 Young Americans for Liberty National Convention. U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, of Michigan, was among four members of Congress to vote against a bill Wednesday that would make lynching a federal hate crime.By a 410-4 vote, the House approved the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act, named after the 14-year-old African American boy who was kidnapped, beaten, and lynched in 1955.Republican Reps. Louie Gohmert, Thomas Massie, and Ted Yoho also voted against the bill, which federal lawmakers have been trying to pass since at least 1900.The U.S. Senate is expected to approve the bill, which will require President Donald Trumps signature.Rep. This allows state officials who dont adequately address particular crimes to shift blame and avoid accountability. At the same time, it creates an incentive for budget-constrained state and local governments not to prosecute crimes and instead leave it to the feds.Amash's office didn't respond to' request for an interview.Rep. Don Bacon, a Republican from Nebraska, said the bill is important because it sends a long-delayed message about the evils of lynching.Todays vote is a historical one that acknowledges the evil of the 5,000 lynchings in our nations history; the fear that African-Americans felt in their homes and communities; and will help with healing and reconciliation, Bacon says in a news release.