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H.R. 40: Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act

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To address the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the United States and the 13 American colonies between 1619 and 1865 and to establish a commission to study and consider a national apology and proposal for reparations for the institution of slavery, its subsequent de jure and de facto racial and economic discrimination against African Americans, and the impact of these forces on living African Americans, to make recommendations to the Congress on appropriate remedies, and for other purposes.

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Sponsor and status

Sheila Jackson Lee

Sponsor. Representative for Texas's 18th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jan 4, 2021
Length: 14 pages
Introduced
Jan 4, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)
Status

Ordered Reported on Apr 14, 2021

The committees assigned to this bill sent it to the House or Senate as a whole for consideration on April 14, 2021.

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Cosponsors

195 Cosponsors (195 Democrats)

Prognosis
4% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)
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Position statements

What legislators are saying

Representative Barbara Lee and Senator Cory Booker Reintroduce Legislation to Form Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Commission
    — Rep. Barbara Lee [D-CA13] (Co-sponsor) on Feb 25, 2021

Advancing H.R. 40, a Measure to Study Reparations
    — Rep. Steve Cohen [D-TN9] (Co-sponsor) on Apr 16, 2021

Rep. Gohmert Amendment to Reparations Bill Seeks to Determine if Democratic Party Should Pay Funds
    — Rep. Louie Gohmert [R-TX1] on Apr 15, 2021

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute SpendingTracker.org estimates H.R. 40 will add $20 million in new spending through 2031.

History

Jan 4, 2021
 
Introduced

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Apr 14, 2021
 
Ordered Reported

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