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PoliticsMcConnell: Reparations aren't a 'good idea'

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

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JUST WATCHED. Mitch McConnell : Slavery reparations aren ' t a ' good idea '. "I don't think reparations for something that happened 150 years ago for whom none of us currently living are responsible is a good idea ," the Kentucky Republican told reporters in response to a question about

are responsible is a good idea ,” the Kentucky Republican told reporters in response to a question about whether reparations should be paid or a CNN anchor Don Lemon took aim at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Tuesday night, arguing his opposition to the idea of reparations was

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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."

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday rejected reparations for slavery in part because it would be hard to know whom to pay. The Kentucky Republican spoke to reporters on the eve of a rare House hearing on what compensation, if any

On Tuesday, McConnell told reporters on Capitol Hill that paying reparations for “something that happened 150 years ago for whom none of us currently living are responsible” is a bad idea . So no, I don’ t think reparations are a good idea .” (ARTICLE: BREITBART).

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.

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Asked about reparations , McConnell responded: "I don' t think reparations for something that happened 150 years ago, for whom none of us currently living are responsible, is a good idea ." "We tried to deal with our original sin of slavery by fighting a civil war, by passing landmark civil rights

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he thinks reparations for slavery aren ’ t a ' good idea .’ Along party lines, Republican and Republican-leaning respondents were nearly unified in opposition to the idea of cash reparations (90% against and 8% in favor).

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.

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