The Washington Examiner reported this week that Missouri Democratic Rep. Cori Bush has proposed a bill that would give $14 trillion in taxpayer money to African Americans as reparations for slavery.
"H.R. 40 is the pathway for the governmental framework that will help restore national balance and unity in terms of wealth, healthcare, education, housing, and the criminal justice system," the paper quoted her as saying outside the Capitol on Wednesday.
"By passing H.R. 40, Congress can start a movement toward the national reckoning we need to bridge racial divides," Bush insisted.
Lee was joined on Wednesday by California Democratic Rep. Barbara, who expressed her support for Bush's proposal.
She also did so in a tweet, declaring, "Reparations is not just about repairing the damage. Reparations means equity. Reparations means justice. Reparations means dismantling the systems that have kept us marginalized."
Reparations is not just about repairing the damage.
Reparations means equity.
Reparations means justice.
Reparations means dismantling the systems that have kept us marginalized.
Proud to support @RepCori’s #ReparationsResolution today. ✊🏾 pic.twitter.com/l9xvykNDzu
— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) May 17, 2023
Meanwhile, Fox News noted that the 14 trillion dollar reparations proposal was greeted with a cool response from Republicans on Capitol Hill.
Florida Republican Rep. Kat Cammack called the suggestion "absurd," saying, "I think that is just the woke ideology peeking and rearing its ugly head."
"In this country, you can do anything, be anything, and this culture of victimhood, it has absolutely gotten out of control," she insisted.
Texas Republican Rep. Chip Roy agreed, telling Fox News that "the notion of reparations are so absurd, they don't even merit a response."
Alabama Republican Rep. Gary Palmer remarked, "We're at a situation right now where the country is dealing with a serious debt issue and to add to that would be problematic for the whole country, for our economy. It just doesn't make sense."
A poll conducted in 2021 by Pew Research found that 68% are againsts paying financial reparations for slavery. The survey found that reparations are opposed by 80% of white Americans, 65% of Asians, 58 percent of Latinos, and 17% of African Americans.