- A House committee authorized a bill Wednesday to study reparations for descendants of enslaved individuals.
- First presented in 1989, the bill will now head to the complete House for a vote for the very first time.
- The bill passed the committee with no Republican votes and deals with an uphill struggle in Congress.
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The House Judiciary Committee authorized a bill on Wednesday that would develop a commission to study offering Black Americans with reparations for slavery. The legislation will get a complete House vote for the very first time given that it was presented more than 3 years back.
The legislation, H.R. 40, was initially presented in 1989, however Wednesday was the very first time the House Judiciary Committee had actually voted on the legislation, The Associated Press reported.
The bill, which passed the committee regardless of opposition from Republicans, would develop a 13-person commission to study the impacts of slavery and discrimination in the United States, and after that send its findings and suggest to Congress “appropriate remedies” for the descendants of enslaved Americans.
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“This legislation is long overdue,” stated Democrat Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the committee chairman, according to the AP. “H.R. 40 is intended to begin a national conversation about how to confront the brutal mistreatment of African Americans during chattel slavery, Jim Crow segregation, and the enduring structural racism that remains endemic to our society today.”
The bill was presented by Democrat Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee. No Republicans on the committee enacted favor of the bill, which is co-sponsored by 176 agents, all Democrats.
In his criticism of the bill, Republican Rep. Jim Jordan stated it would “spend $20 million for a commission that’s already decided to take money from people who were never involved in the evil of slavery and give it to people who are never subject to the evil of slavery,” ABC reported.
The bill deals with an uphill struggle in Congress, particularly in the Senate where it would need 60 votes in the 50-50 split chamber, AP reported.
Reparations acquired restored traction in 2015 after a summertime of demonstrations versus racial oppression. President Joe Biden has likewise stated he supports Congress studying the problem. Andre Perry, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, informed Insider’s Bre’Anna Grant that he’s “more hopeful than ever” for reparations given that Biden took workplace.
Perry stated that while “executive actions are rarely ever enough, they are a start to allocate and shift resources to address the issue.”
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