On Juneteenth, a Reparations Bill Sparks Debate 

Posted on June 19, 2019 5:42 pm

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An intense debate erupted at the first congressional hearing in 10 years to explore whether the descendants of U.S. slaves should be compensated.

Some said reparations would damage the relationship between white and black Americans, while others said it was key to achieving justice.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made it clear that no reparations bill would pass while he controlled the Senate. Asked about the issue Tuesday, McConnell told reporters, “I think we’re always a work in progress in this country, but no one currently alive was responsible for that.”

Rep. Mike Johnson, a Louisiana Republican, was booed as he spoke against “the