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House Set To Vote For Slavery Reparations Commission W/175 Dems Support

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A House committee this week will take an unprecedented vote to create a commission to study providing federal reparations to the descendants of black slaves.

House Democrats say they have the political momentum to advance H. R. 40, an act to create a commission to study and develop reparation proposals for black people.

“The historic markup of H. R. 40 is intended to continue 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,” Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, a New York Democrat, said.

The Judiciary Committee, run by Democrats, is expected to advance the legislation to the House floor in a vote on Wednesday.

While the reparations bill was first introduced more than three decades ago by the late Rep. John Conyers, a Michigan Democrat, the measure gained traction in the last two years after Democrats regained control of Congress and a new racial justice movement spread across the nation.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democrat from Texas, told CBS News last week, “The timing is great.”

Democrats believe they can leverage recent civil unrest related to police misconduct as well as opposition to new red-state voter laws and anger over wealth disparities to help push the bill into law.

“We are now, unfortunately, seemingly going back — massive voter oppression and suppression with legislation across America, the tragedies against black men as it relates to the encounters in law enforcement certainly needs to be repaired, and the disparities in wealth is very stark, even today,” Jackson Lee said. “The time for H. R. 40 is now.”

House Democratic leaders have not indicated when or if they’ll bring up the measure, but they will be under intense pressure to pass it now that the party controls Congress and the White House.

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