The Senate's 3 black members introduce bill to make lynching a federal crime

Senators Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, and Tim Scott in split screens lean their heads in their hands.
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The only three black senators on Capitol Hill — Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and Tim Scott — introduced bipartisan legislation Friday to make lynching a federal crime.

What they're saying: “It’s a travesty that despite repeated attempts to do so, Congress still hasn’t put anti-lynching legislation on the books," Booker said in an accompanying statement.