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A bill to form a committee to develop proposals to help repair the sustained effects of slavery is approaching a vote in the House nearly three decades after it was first introduced.
A new debate over the issue of indemnity for the descendants of slavery comes amid national scrutiny of race and justice.
The House Judiciary Committee reviewed the bill on Wednesday evening and is expected to vote on the measure for the first time since former Democratic Representative John Conyers first introduced it in 1989. The law supported more than 170 democracies. Joint supporter and key leader of the Parliament
Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a key supporter of the HR 40 bill, said bringing the vote in the House would be “a cleansing” for the country and she challenged Republicans who argued that the committee was “clear”. It is not necessary to say.
“I urge my friends on the other side of the aisle not to cancel us tonight, not to ignore the pain, history and the rationality of this committee,” Jackson Lee said Wednesday.
The bill will create a 13-person commission that will study the effects of slavery and racism, organize a hearing, and recommend it. “Proper remedies” to Congress. The commission will look at what forms of national apologies can lead to the dangers posed by slavery.
Lawmakers supporting the law say present-day slavery descendants continue to suffer from the ongoing legacy of slavery and racial inequality.
“Understanding how mixed racism has created a dynamism where black people today not only have to contend with living in a country built on our enduring oppression. But also notice modern expressions in our everyday lives, ”said New York Democratic Representative Jamal Bowman, referring to the racial wealth gap and COVID-19 as an example.
Among the supporters of the Atonement of Slavery, there are some disagreements about what compensation may ultimately look like. Some pushed for direct payments to the descendants of slaves, others said there were different proposals that could be more realistic and could be applied.
Some HR 40 proponents admitted it was difficult to pass into the Senate with a 60-vote threshold to defeat Democrats’ narrow supporters and majority. The bill faced Republican push in both chambers.
Utah Republican Representative Burgess Owens, who is black, said on Wednesday that while “Slavery is still evil.” The problem of atonement is divisiveness and divisions. Speaking of the fact that we are a desperate and hopeless race that has never done anything but. Waiting for the white man to appear and save us, it’s a lie. “
In 2019, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rejected the idea of restitution after the House considered it. He argued that it would “It’s hard to figure out who will make up for it.”
“I don’t think it is a good idea to make up for something that happened 150 years ago that none of us now live in on the responsibility of,” McConnell said at the time.
Asked about the prospect of entering the Senate, Democratic Representative Steve Cohen of Tennessee, chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee, said Monday: “The Senate is not a good place to live with this law or with any progressive and The advance of the interests of African Americans in particular. “
“You have to have 10 Republicans now,” he added, “and a few will quit their jobs and never run again and will have to come to Jesus during that time.”
President Biden met with black congressmen at the White House on Tuesday and the restitution was one of the topics discussed, according to lawmakers who attended that meeting.
Texas’ Jackson Lee told reporters: “We hear from the president not only But the White House and his team say he sticks to this idea. ”