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House Committee Approves Floor Debate on Reparations

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Legislation that would create a federal exploratory commission on reparations for Black Americans was approved Wednesday by a House committee for the first time.

It was a day of many firsts for the longstanding bill known as H.R. 40, as it had previously never received a markup or a committee vote. Democrats passed the bill without any GOP support after engaging in partisan bickering over who was responsible for slavery.

Democrats said the measure is needed to rectify modern-day disparities in pay, health care, education and housing that negatively impact the African American community. Republicans spoke in opposition to the legislation, including Burgess Owens, a Utah Republican and an African American, who says the bill would divide the nation. Rep. Tom McClintock, a California Republican, said, “You say this is healing. It is precisely the opposite.”

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