Slavery reparation moves forward in U.S. Congress, summer vote anticipated

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WASHINGTON, DC – On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee advanced a bill that will create a committee to explore the possibility of the federal government paying reparations to African Americans for the country’s history of slavery.

House Resolution 40 is a bill that establishes the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans. The commission shall examine slavery and discrimination in the colonies and the United States from 1619 to the present and recommend appropriate remedies.

The commission shall identify the role of the federal and state governments in supporting the institution of slavery,) forms of discrimination in the public and private sectors against freed slaves and their descendants, and lingering negative effects of slavery on living African Americans and society.

Democrats are hoping the bill could be voted and passed on the House floor as early as this summer.


The bill’s sponsor, Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee (pictured above) said, “This is a historic, monumental, and unprecedented day! For the first time in the history of the United States, the horrible negative impact of slavery will be front and center in the United States Congress during the House Judiciary Full Committee Markup of my bill.”

“Thank you to the late Congressman John Conyers for his early leadership on this bill. America this is a real and positive opportunity for healing and restoring, in particular, the African American community and the entire Nation,” Lee added.

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