Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and the rest of the House Democrats are at it again.
The Washington Examiner reports that Democrats in the House are taking advantage of the civil unrest that has resulted from the death of George Floyd to advance legislation that has the goal of ending perceived racial injustices, including a reparations measure.
The various measures were brought up by members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) at a recent press conference.
“The purpose of this press conference is to discuss current efforts undertaken by members of the CBC to continue to address systemic racism,” said caucus chairwoman Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA).
One piece of legislation under consideration, H.R. 40, which was first introduced in 2019, would put together a commission to study reparations for Black Americans and others for things like slavery and Jim Crow laws. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-NY), who sponsored the bill, said it would “address the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the United States and the 13 American colonies between 1619 and 1865 and establish a commission to study and consider a national apology and proposal for reparations for the institution of slavery.
Another proposed measure would put together a Commission on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation that would look at U.S. institutions to find “the effects of slavery, institutional racism, and discrimination against people of color and how our history impacts laws and policies of the day.”
The time is right
While some of the measures — such as the one for reparations — have been tried before and failed, the CBC believes that the George Floyd protests have given these measures new life.
“The difference this time is that CBC members will be supported by a national movement that is beginning to penetrate into the consciousness of Americans, that systemic racism, first of all, exists and how the manifestation of systemic racism impacts not just the lives of Black people, but the entire nation,” said Bass.
Like the protestors, the CBC also wants to see legislation aimed at police reform and even the removal of Confederate statues.
Will they pass?
To get these measures passed, the CBC will need to get some Republicans on board, since Republicans do currently control the Senate. This is not likely to happen.
The Examiner further reports that a “top House Democrats would not provide a firm date for consideration of the reparations measure or any of the other bills the caucus promoted at its press conference an hour earlier.”
We’ll have to see where this goes, but it appears that nothing is imminent.