Schumer seeks $1 billion to combat rise in hate crimes

Schumer seeks $1B to combat hate crimes

Schumer seeks $1B to combat hate crimes.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is seeking $1 billion in funding to end the rise in hate crimes.

Schumer, New York’s senior senator, said places of worship, religious schools and nonprofits need stronger federal action.

The money will support physical enhancements to locations that are at high risk of attack. 

“With a rise in hate acts across the nation against places of worship and schools becoming more frequent, we must continue doing all we can to help protect people of all faiths who worship, so they can gather in safety and security,” said Schumer in a statement.

The senator said the federal resources are critical in order to make sure local law enforcement has everything they need.

This is part of the Nonprofit Security Grant Program, a FEMA program Schumer helped build in order to improve safety and security for nonprofit organizations.