Sheila Jackson Lee says “the timing is great” with vote on slavery reparations bill imminent

A House committee will vote this week on HR 40, an act that creates a commission to study slavery reparations for black people.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) said “the historic markup of H.R. 40 is intended to continue a national conversation about how to confront the brutal mistreatment of African Americans during chattel slavery, Jim Crow segregation, and the enduring structural racism that remains endemic to our society today.”

The bill’s sponsor is Democrat Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and has 175 Democratic co-sponsors in the House.

Jackson Lee told CBS News last week “the timing is great” for this bill.

“We are now, unfortunately, seemingly going back,” Jackson Lee said. “massive voter oppression and suppression with legislation across America, the tragedies against black men as it relates to the encounters in law enforcement certainly needs to be repaired, and the disparities in wealth is very stark, even today.”

“The time for H.R. 40 is now,” she added.