Slave Reparations Bill Moves Forward in Congress

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Democrats' slave reparations bill moves forward in Congress

A bill that will give slavery reparations to African Americans took a major step forward Friday when the House Judiciary Committee scheduled it for a vote next week.

If the legislation is voted out of the committee, it will head to the House floor for the first full congressional vote on the measure since 1989.

“Today we still live with racial disparities in access to education, health care, housing, insurance, employment and other social goods that are directly attributable to the damaging legacy of slavery and government-sponsored racial discrimination,” boasted Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler. reports: Mr. Nadler said the commission is “not intended to divide,” but “bring us closer to racial understanding and advancement.”

The commission would study the implications of slavery from 1619 to the present and develop reparations proposals for African-Americans.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Texas Democrat, is the bill’s lead sponsor. In a statement, she called the markup “a major step forward.”

“Through this legislation, we will finally be able to confront the stark societal disparities occurring in the African American community today and provide solutions,” she said.

The bill was reintroduced earlier this year after the committee held a hearing on it in 2019 on Juneteenth, the day African Americans celebrate the emancipation of slaves.

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