House committee votes to advance bill to study reparations

The House Judiciary Committee voted to advance H.R. 40, a bill that would create a commission to study reparations for descendants of enslaved Americans. 

According to CNN, Wednesday’s vote is the first time the bill could have a full House vote on the floor after passing on the committee with a 25-17 vote. 

RELATED: Brown University undergrad students vote for school to give reparations

The measure proposes creating a federal body to study reparations and recommend remedies for the harm caused by slavery and discriminatory policies that followed.

It would also consider how the U.S. would formally apologize for the “perpetration of gross human rights violations and crimes against humanity on African slaves and their descendants.” 

Despite this accomplishment, the bill has numerous hurdles to overcome before becoming a law. 

RELATED: Catholic order makes major step in slavery reparations

While H.R. 40 would address it on a federal level, the topic has been touched by some cities and institutions, including Evanston, Illinois and the Catholic Church. 

RELATED: Illinois city passes reparations for eligible Black residents

 

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