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PoliticsMcConnell: Reparations aren't a 'good idea'

22:25  18 june  2019
22:25  18 june  2019 Source:   thehill.com

House panel to hold hearing on reparations for slavery next week

House panel to hold hearing on reparations for slavery next week A House panel will hold a hearing next week on the topic of reparations for slavery. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties is setto hold a hearing June 19 on legislation that would establish a commission to study the consequences and impacts of slavery and make recommendations for reparations proposals. The hearing is titled "H.R. 40 and the Path to Restorative Justice.

McConnell: Reparations aren't a 'good idea'© Greg Nash McConnell: Reparations aren't a 'good idea'

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday said that he does not support reparations for descendants of slaves, a topic that has become a point of debate in the 2020 election cycle.

"I don't think reparations for something that happened 150 years ago for whom none us currently living are responsible is a good idea," McConnell said. "We've tried to deal with our original sin of slavery by fighting a civil war, by passing landmark civil rights legislation. We elected an African American president."

Democratic panel to open debate on reparations for slavery

Democratic panel to open debate on reparations for slavery WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than a decade's absence, the case for reparations is returning to Capitol Hill, this time amid a growing discussion in the Democratic Party about what the country might owe to the descendants of slaves in the United States. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Actor and activist Danny Glover and writer Ta-Nehisi Coates are among the witnesses expected to testify at a hearing Wednesday of a House Judiciary subcommittee.

McConnell was asked about reparations during a weekly press conference, which comes a day before the House Judiciary Committee will hold the first hearing on the issue in a decade.

"I think we're always a work in progress in this country but no one currently alive was responsible for that, and I don't think we should be trying to figure out how to compensate for it - first of all it would be pretty hard to figure out who to compensate. ... No, I don't think reparations are a good idea," McConnell continued.

The House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties is holding the hearing Wednesday "to examine, through open and constructive discourse, the legacy of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, its continuing impact on the community and the path to restorative justice.

Booker set to testify on reparations before House subcommittee

Booker set to testify on reparations before House subcommittee Subcommittee is expected to hear testimony from Booker and other witnesses, including actor Danny Glover and author Ta-Nehisi Coates , a leading advocate for reparations. According to prepared remarks provided to CBS News, Booker will say it is "fitting" that the House is scheduled to hold the hearing on Juneteenth, the day that commemorates the abolition of slavery. Booker will then argue that the country has not fully grasped the ramifications of policies that have disproportionately affected minority communities.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) reintroduced legislation that was initially spearheaded by former Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) that calls for a study on reparations.

The issue has become a topic of debate in the Democratic presidential primary.

Several 2020 candidates, including Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), said while speaking at the National Action Network event earlier this year that they would sign a bill forming a reparation study commission into law if they become president.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) has introduced legislation in the Senate that mirrors Jackson Lee's legislation. Though it would form a commission and does not call for African Americans to receive payments.

Booker's office announced last week that his bill has received 12 co-sponsors, including several 2020 candidates.

But the legislation is unlikely to move in the GOP-controlled Senate or in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"I think it's too remote in time. I think it's too divisive," Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) told reporters earlier this year.

The Call For Reparations Isn’t About Justice, It’s About Power.
Forget about how we’d pay for reparations or who would be eligible. The point isn’t to make things right, but to re-make America.

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