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REPORT: Senator Schumer Announces His Support for Racial Reparations Legislation

posted by Hannity Staff - 7.17.19

Senator Chuck Schumer announced his support for racial reparations legislation this week; backing a plan to create a federal commission to study potential payments to the descendants of former American slaves.

“Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told a small group of reporters Tuesday that he will support legislation proposed by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) to establish a commission to study reparations for slavery,” reports Axios.

“As the top Democrat in the Senate, Schumer’s support strengthens not only the legislation’s future, but also benefits a continuing conversation on the reparations issue,” adds the website.

Senator Elizabeth Warren took the topic one-step further on the campaign trail; throwing her support behind reparations for America’s “gay and lesbian couples.”

“It wasn’t until marriage equality became law that gay & lesbian couples could jointly file tax returns—so they paid more in taxes. Our government owes them more than $50M for the years our discriminatory tax code left them out. We must right these wrongs,” posted Warren on social media.

Recent polls show that 60% of Americans oppose reparations, while just 32% support it.

Nearly all Democratic presidential candidates have offered their support for a “national conversation” on the controversial issue.

Failing presidential candidate Cory Booker introduced legislation earlier this year that would create a commission to study the topic.

“This bill is a way of addressing head-on the persistence of racism, white supremacy, and implicit racial bias in our country. It will bring together the best minds to study the issue and propose solutions that will finally begin to right the economic scales of past harms and make sure we are a country where all dignity and humanity is affirmed,” said Booker.

Read the full report at Axios.

BETO FLIPS: O’Rourke Now Backs Reparations, Says US Needs ‘National Conversation’ on the Issue

posted by Hannity Staff - 4.03.19

Potential 2020 Democratic hopeful Beto O’Rourke back-tracked from previous comments regarding racial reparations Wednesday; saying he now supports a “national conversation” surrounding financial restitution for America’s history of slavery.

“Foundational to the word ‘reparations’ is ‘repair’. Foundational to repair is the truth,” O’Rourke told supporters during a speech at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network.

“And until all Americans understand that civil rights are not just those [historic] victories… but the injustices that have been visited and continue to be visited on people, we will never change that we need to live up to the promise of this country,” he added.

“I don’t believe that should be the primary or initial focus of the conversation,” concluded the Texas Democrat. “I think it is understanding the facts… and those actions will take place after there is a national conversation with facts and truth.”

Read the full report at the NY Post.

DEVELOPING: Cory Booker Introduces First ‘Reparations’ Bill in US Senate

posted by Hannity Staff - 4.08.19

Outspoken Senator and 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Cory Booker introduced new legislation this week that would create a federal panel to study the implementation of reparations for the descendants of enslaved Americans prior to the Civil War in the mid-19th century.

“This bill is a way of addressing head-on the persistence of racism, white supremacy, and implicit racial bias in our country. It will bring together the best minds to study the issue and propose solutions that will finally begin to right the economic scales of past harms and make sure we are a country where all dignity and humanity is affirmed,” said Booker.

“Since slavery in this country, we have had overt policies fueled by white supremacy and racism that have oppressed African-Americans economically for generations,” Booker added. “Many of our bedrock domestic policies that have ushered millions of Americans into the middle class have systematically excluded blacks through practices like GI Bill discrimination and redlining.”

The issue of federal reparations has taken center stage in the 2020 Democratic primary fight in recent weeks, with top candidates -including Beto O’Rourke and Elizabeth Warren- saying new legislation is required to study the potential payments.

Read the full report at Fox News.

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