U.S. House considers reparations committee

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The House Judiciary Committee held a meeting on Wednesday to consider creating a commission to explore reparations for black Americans affected by slavery.

The hearing, which addresses legislation first introduced 30 years ago, was attended by hundreds of mainly black spectators, including Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), actor Danny Glover, and writer Ta-Nehisi Coates.

If passed, HR 40 would examine proposals to aid descendants of former slaves.

Nearly 60 House Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), support the bill. The bill would authorize $12 million for a 13-member commission comprised of presidential appointees, members of Congress, and criminal justice advocates.

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