Democratic congresswoman seeks $14 trillion in slavery reparations

May 18, 2023

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.

Bush says cash will "build a bridge for racial divides"

"By passing H.R. 40, Congress can start a movement toward the national reckoning we need to bridge racial divides," Bush insisted.

"Reparations are ultimately about respect, reconciliation, and healing, and the hope that one day Americans of all backgrounds can walk together toward a more just future," the left-wing congresswoman continued.

"Congress can start a movement toward the national reckoning we need to build a bridge for racial divides," she went on to add.

Lee was joined on Wednesday by California Democratic Rep. Barbara, who expressed her support for Bush's proposal.

Republicans voice opposition

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."

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."

Poll shows roughly two-thirds of Americans oppose reparation payments

"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.


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