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Republican Booed During H.R. 40 Hearing When He Claims Reparations Are “Unconstitutional”

Rep. Mike Johnson was booed at a Reparations Congressional Hearing claiming that reparations for slavery would be “unconstitutional on their face.”

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee has been the force behind this House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties entitled “H.R. 40 and the Path to Restorative Justice,” at which witnesses were to testify about reparations for slavery.

This HR 40 is a bill that proposes a commission to study reparations. I’ve said over and over how the Democrats like to do things for history purposes so today’s hearing on Juneteenth, the anniversary of the full abolition of slavery in the United States.

Rep. Johnson, the ranking member on the subcommittee, was booed during his opening remarks. He praised the “sincerity” of the witnesses and the supporters of reparations, but he claimed that reparations would be an “injustice.”

Johnson: “Barack Obama opposed reparations when he ran for president in 2008, and Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders did, as well, eight years later,”

“In addition to all this, here in the Judiciary Committee, we have an obligation to acknowledge that any monetary reparations that might be recommended by the commission created by HR 40 would almost certainly be unconstitutional on their face,”

Rep. Steve Cohen, Subcommittee Chairman, gaveled for order, as Johnson tried to continue.

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Johnson: “The reason for that, wait a minute, the reason for that is a legal question.”

That’s when Johnson cited the Supreme Court’s decision in Virginia v. Croson., which he said was decided in 1995.

Johnson: “See the legal question is the federal government can’t constitutionally provide compensation today to a specific racial group because other members of that group, maybe several generations ago, were discriminated against,” That case was actually decided in 1989. Adarand Constructors v. Pena  was the 1995 case he was thinking of, but then he quoted the decision in a 1972 case and a 1979 case, not the one he cited.

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