Key champions of reparations bill say they finally have enough House votes to pass legislation

The key champions of the controversial reparations bill now say that it has enough House votes to pass. “This has been a 30-plus year journey,” said Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas). “We had to take a different approach. We had to go one by one to members explaining this does not generate a check.”

It’s champion, Representative Lee from Texas, stated, “Reparations is about repair and when you repair the damage that has been done, you do so much to move a society forward. This commission can be a healing process — telling the truth can heal America” (Washington Post). 

Whether or not HR 40 would pass in the Senate is unknown, so its supporters are urging President Biden to sign an executive order. The White House has not yet responded to requests for comments on the matter.

During the 2020 presidential election candidates were interviewed on their opinions on reparations; if they believed that the federal government should pay reparations to the descendants of slaves. Biden stated that he supported an in-depth study of it. 

The issue is also discussed at a state-wide level. California governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 3121 in September of 2020 “which created a task force to study and recommend reparations for Black Californians” (Washington Post).

Other states such as New Jersey, New York, and Maryland are also expected to push similar efforts. The controversial bill may pass in the Democratic-controlled House but its success in the Republican-controlled Senate is still unknown. 




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