Because If It Passed Most of What They Do Would Be Illegal

From Holden:

House Republicans have objected to a Senate initiative to strengthen and expand the federal hate crimes law, probably dooming prospects for its passage this year as part of the 2005 defense authorization bill.


The proposal, approved by the Senate in June, would add offenses based on sexual orientation, gender and disabilities to a civil-rights-era law that allows federal prosecution of crimes based on race, color, religion or national origin.

It also would eliminate a restriction permitting federal prosecutions only for cases where victims were engaged in federally protected activities, such as voting, and provide federal assistance for state and local authorities in investigating and prosecuting hate crimes.