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A protestor during a recent rally on Long Island to support the Asian community. Photo: John Conrad Williams Jr./Newsday RM via Getty Images

Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus will meet with President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday.

Why it matters: The meeting follows a wave of violent attacks against members of the Asian American community in recent months. It also comes a day after Biden named Erika Moritsugu as deputy assistant to the president and Asian American Pacific Islander community liaison.

  • The Senate recently held a rare bipartisan vote to advance legislation aimed at improving anti-Asian hate crime tracking.

Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.), the chairperson of CAPAC, told Axios the group will ask the president "to use Department of Justice resources" to ensure there is sufficient ability to investigate the recent shootings at three Georgia Asian spas as a hate crime.

  • She said attendees also would discuss disaggregation, immigration and a diverse school curriculum.
  • Chu said seven people would attend the meeting, including members of the group's executive board and the two AAPI senators: Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.).
  • Among the other attendees confirmed by Axios are Reps. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.), Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Kaiali'i Kahele (D-Hawaii).

Hirono and Duckworth recently made headlines for confronting a White House official over the lack of AAPI representation in the new administration.

  • Last month, both senators vowed to vote no on "non-diversity" Cabinet picks unless the president committed to appointing diverse candidates.
  • They reversed course after the White House agreed to name a senior liaison to the AAPI community — the position for Moritsugu announced Wednesday.

Be smart: CAPAC was founded in 1994 by Norm Mineta, a longtime member of the House and former Commerce and Transportation secretary.

  • Meng, who now serves as first vice chairperson of the caucus, told Axios she plans to lay the groundwork for a future Asian American museum in Washington, D.C.

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Updated Apr 15, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Biden names Erika Moritsugu as senior AAPI liaison

Erika Moritsugu. Photo courtesy: National Partnership for Women & Families

President Biden has named Erika Moritsugu as deputy assistant to the president and Asian American and Pacific Islander senior liaison, the White House announced Wednesday.

Driving the news: The decision follows weeks of pressure from AAPI leaders to include more Asian American representation at the Cabinet level and in senior administration roles.

Rare bipartisan Senate vote advances measure to address anti-Asian hate crimes

Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) (left) and Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) introduced the anti-Asian hate crimes legislation. Photos: Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket and Shawn Thew/Pool via Getty Images

In a rare bipartisan vote of 92-6, the Senate advanced legislation aimed at improving anti-Asian hate crime tracking and identification.

Why it matters: The bill had looked initially unlikely to garner the 60 votes necessary to end debate and move to a final vote. But Republicans decided to not filibuster, in part because Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose wife Elaine Chao is Taiwanese American, signaled openness to working on it with Democrats prior to final passage, the Associated Press reports.

Democrats urge Republicans not to filibuster bills addressing anti-Asian hate

Photo: Zach Gibson via Getty Images

Democratic lawmakers called on their Republican colleagues Tuesday to pass the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, which aims to improve hate crime reporting and educate law enforcement on identifying anti-Asian racism.

Why it matters: Democrats will require 60 votes to push the legislation through the Senate, effectively daring Republicans to filibuster a bill for the first time since the new Congress.