Biden Supports Study On Reparations
President Joe Biden is supporting a study on whether reparations should be paid to descendants of slaves, the White House said Wednesday, as House Democrats had a hearing on a bill that would establish a panel to study the issue.
White House press sec. Jen Psaki told reporters that Biden would “certainly support a study on reparations” while also understanding “we don’t don’t need a study to take action, right now, on systemic racism.”
Psaki pointed to how Biden signed an executive order on his first day in office mandating the advancement of “racial equity,” a quasi-Marxist critical race theory that focuses on equality of outcome, not opportunity. Biden later proclaimed racial equity as a goal of the federal government.
The Democrat doesn’t necessarily back paying reparations, Psaki added. “We’ll see what happens through the legislative process,” she said.
The briefing took place as lawmakers held a hearing on H.R. 40, which would “establish a commission to study and develop Reparation proposals for African-Americans as a result” of slavery and “the lingering negative effects of the institution of slavery.”
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), the bill’s author, told the hearing that her legislation has nearly 170 cosponsors. Legislation requires 218 votes to pass in the House. No Republicans have backed the bill so far, and it’s unlikely to pass the Senate, which has 50 GOP members.
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