Cory Booker to introduce reparations bill in the senate

Mar 2012
New Hampshire
Thoughts? New litmus test?

Sen. Cory Booker is introducing a Senate bill to study reparations for African Americans — a companion bill to Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee's legislation on an issue that has become a litmus test for 2020 presidential hopefuls.

"I will be introducing a bill to study reparations proposals for African-Americans – the Senate companion to @JacksonLeeTX18's HR40 bill," Booker tweeted on Monday. "Our hope is this will finally begin to right the economic wrongs of persistent racism, white supremacy & implicit racial bias in our nation."

A number of 2020 Democratic hopefuls have voiced their support for reparations, including Booker.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro previously said on the campaign trail that they support reparations. In addition, Rev. Al Sharpton specifically asked presidential candidates at his National Action Network conference in New York last week whether they would support H.R. 40.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Maryland Rep. John Delaney, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke, Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders all said they would support the bill.

Booker to introduce reparations study bill in the Senate