Here is Nancy Pelosi's statement on reintroducing the Hate Crimes Bill:
When the Bill was attached to the Defense Reauthorization Bill, it passed:
60 Yeas, 39 Nays and 1 no votes
The votes are there, not the backbone.
The issue is the ever looming Presidential veto. I imagine that the Democrats don't want to spend time on something sure to fail by veto.
And yes it is an election year.