GOP senators dismiss Booker reparations proposal

GOP senators, including members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, have little interest in Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerDefense & National Security — Military starts giving guidance on COVID-19 vaccine refusals Senators preview bill to stop tech giants from prioritizing their own products Blinken pressed to fill empty post overseeing 'Havana syndrome' MORE’s (D-N.J.) proposal to study awarding reparations to descendants of slaves, they tell HuffPost in an article published Thursday.

“I think it’s too remote in time. I think it’s too divisive,” Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) told reporters this week. The panel would be tasked with marking up the bill, which Booker introduced earlier this week.


“I don’t think anybody ― black or white, man or woman, whatever your nationality ― is responsible for what somebody else did, somebody else, black or white, did 150 years ago,” Sen. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.), who also sits on the panel, reportedly said Wednesday.

Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottTim Scott takes in .3 million in third quarter Nikki Haley gets lifetime post on Clemson Board of Trustees First senator formally endorses Bass in LA mayoral bid MORE (R-S.C.), the first Southern African-American senator elected since Reconstruction, also said he didn’t support the idea, citing comments by House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), the top-ranking African-American in Congress, who told the Charleston Post & Courier, “I think pure reparations would be impossible to implement.”

“Essentially a conversation about reparations is just something that’s not even a realistic possibility, so it’s something I don’t think we spend any time conversing on,” Scott told HuffPost. Scott has occasionally defied his Republican colleagues on racial issues, opposing the nomination of judicial nominee Thomas Farr earlier this year over concerns about his positions on voting rights.

Booker, a 2020 presidential candidate, introduced legislation in the Senate Tuesday that mirrors a bill introduced by Rep. Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson LeeBest shot at narrowing racial homeownership gap at risk, progressives say Youth voting organization launches M registration effort in key battlegrounds The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Gears begin to shift in Congress on stalled Biden agenda MORE (D-Texas). The measure would form a commission to analyze the "impact of slavery and continuing discrimination against African-Americans" and make recommendations on potential reparations proposals.

Fellow presidential candidates Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisRepublicans would need a promotion to be 'paper tigers' Democrats' reconciliation bill breaks Biden's middle class tax pledge We have a presidential leadership crisis — and it's only going to get worse MORE (D-Calif.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersPressure grows for breakthrough in Biden agenda talks Sanders, Manchin escalate fight over .5T spending bill Sanders blames media for Americans not knowing details of Biden spending plan MORE (I-Vt.) have both stated they would sign a bill establishing a reparations study commission as president.