DIDN'T TAKE LONG, DID IT?!?

John A. Quayle blueoval57 at VERIZON.NET
Wed Feb 18 23:54:48 MST 2009


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As the subject line says "Didn't take long did it?," they have already 
approved eight million dollars just to look into this.  If this is approved 
your taxes will go up so that they can send a check to every BLACK AMERICAN 
in America whose ancestors were slaves. Can you imagine what this will 
cost? How could we be held responsible for what happened hundreds of years 
ago?




Subject: Didn't take long, did it? ---THIS IS A REAL BILL

Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act 
(Introduced in House)

HR 40 IH

111th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 40

To acknowledge the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and 
inhumanity of slavery in the United States and the 13 American colonies 
between 1619 and 1865 and to establish a commission to examine the 
institution of slavery, subsequently de jure and de facto racial and 
economic discrimination against African-Americans, and the impact of these 
forces on living African-Americans, to make recommendations to the Congress 
on appropriate remedies, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 6, 2009

Mr. CONYERS (for himself and Mr. SCOTT of Virginia ) introduced the 
following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

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A BILL

To acknowledge the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and 
inhumanity of slavery in the United States and the 13 American colonies 
between 1619 and 1865 and to establish a commission to examine the 
institution of slavery, subsequently de jure and de facto racial and 
economic discrimination against African-Americans, and the impact of these 
forces on living African-Americans, to make recommendations to the Congress 
on appropriate remedies, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United 
States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for 
African-Americans Act'.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSE.

(a) Findings- The Congress finds that--

(1) approximately 4,000,000 Africans and their descendants were enslaved in 
the United States and colonies that became the United States from 1619 to 
1865;

(2) the institution of slavery was constitutionally and statutorily 
sanctioned by the Government of the United States from 1789 through 1865;

(3) the slavery that flourished in the United States constituted an immoral 
and inhumane deprivation of Africans' life, liberty, African citizenship 
rights, and cultural heritage, and denied them the fruits of their own 
labor; and

(4) sufficient inquiry has not been made into the effects of the 
institution of slavery on living African-Americans and society in the 
United States .

(b) Purpose- The purpose of this Act is to establish a commission to--

(1) examine the institution of slavery which existed from 1619 through 1865 
within the United States and the colonies that became the United States , 
including the extent to which the Federal and State Governments 
constitutionally and statutorily supported the institution of slavery;

(2) examine de jure and de facto discrimination against freed slaves and 
their descendants from the end of the Civil War to the present, including 
economic, political, and social discrimination;

(3) examine the lingering negative effects of the institution of slavery 
and the discrimination described in paragraph (2) on living 
African-Americans and on society in the United States;

(4) recommend appropriate ways to educate the American public of the 
Commission's findings;

(5) recommend appropriate remedies in consideration of the Commission's 
findings on the matters described in paragraphs (1) and (2); and

(6) submit to the Congress the results of such examination, together with 
such recommendations.

SEC. 3. ESTABLISHMENT AND DUTIES.

(a) Establishment- There is established the Commission to Study Reparation 
Proposals for African-Americans (hereinafter in this Act referred to as the 
`Commission').

(b) Duties- The Commission shall perform the following duties:

(1) Examine the institution of slavery which existed within the United 
States and the colonies that became the United States from 1619 through 
1865. The Commission's examination shall include an examination of--

(A) the capture and procurement of Africans;

(B) the transport of Africans to the United States and the colonies that 
became the United States for the purpose of enslavement, including their 
treatment during transport;

(C) the sale and acquisition of Africans as chattel property in interstate 
and instrastate commerce; and

(D) the treatment of African slaves in the colonies and the United States , 
including the deprivation of their freedom, exploitation of their labor, 
and destruction of their culture, language, religion, and families.

(2) Examine the extent to which the Federal and State governments of the 
United States supported the institution of slavery in constitutional and 
statutory provisions, including the extent to which such governments 
prevented, opposed, or restricted efforts of freed African slaves to 
repatriate to their homeland.

(3) Examine Federal and State laws that discriminated against freed African 
slaves and their descendants during the period between the end of the Civil 
War and the present.

(4) Examine other forms of discrimination in the public and private sectors 
against freed African slaves and their descendants during the period 
between the end of the Civil War and the present.

(5) Examine the lingering negative effects of the institution of slavery 
and the matters described in paragraphs (1), (2), (3), and (4) on living 
African-Americans and on society in the United States.

(6) Recommend appropriate ways to educate the American public of the 
Commission's findings.

(7) Recommend appropriate remedies in consideration of the Commission's 
findings on the matters described in paragraphs (1), (2), (3), and (4). In 
making such recommendations, the Commission shall address among other 
issues, the following questions:

(A) Whether the Government of the United States should offer a formal 
apology on behalf of the people of the United States for the perpetration 
of gross human rights violations on African slaves and their descendants.

(B) Whether African-Americans still suffer from the lingering effects of 
the matters described in paragraphs (1), (2), (3), and (4).

(C) Whether, in consideration of the Commission's findings, any form of 
compensation to the descendants of African slaves is warranted.

(D) If the Commission finds that such compensation is warranted, what 
should be the amount of compensation, what form of compensation should be 
awarded, and who should be eligible for such compensation.

(c) Report to Congress- The Commission shall submit a written report of its 
findings and recommendations to the Congress not later than the date which 
is one year after the date of the first meeting of the Commission held 
pursuant to section 4(c).

SEC. 4. MEMBERSHIP.

(a) Number and Appointment- (1) The Commission shall be composed of 7 
members, who shall be appointed, within 90 days after the date of enactment 
of this Act, as follows:

(A) Three members shall be appointed by the President.

(B) Three members shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House of 
Representatives.

(C) One member shall be appointed by the President pro tempore of the Senate.

(2) All members of the Commission shall be persons who are especially 
qualified to serve on the Commission by virtue of their education, 
training, or experience, particularly in the field of African-American 
studies.

(b) Terms- The term of office for members shall be for the life of the 
Commission. A vacancy in the Commission shall not affect the powers of the 
Commission, and shall be filled in the same manner in which the original 
appointment was made.

(c) First Meeting- The President shall call the first meeting of the 
Commission within 120 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, or 
within 30 days after the date on which legislation is enacted making 
appropriations to carry out this Act, whichever date is later.

(d) Quorum- Four members of the Commission shall constitute a quorum, but a 
lesser number may hold hearings.

(e) Chair and Vice Chair- The Commission shall elect a Chair and Vice Chair 
from among its members. The term of office of each shall be for the life of 
the Commission.

(f) Compensation- (1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), each member of 
the Commission shall receive compensation at the daily equivalent of the 
annual rate of basic pay payable for GS-18 of the General Schedule under 
section 5332 of title 5, United States Code, for each day, including travel 
time, during which he or she is engaged in the actual performance of duties 
vested in the Commission.

(2) A member of the Commission who is a full-time officer or employee of 
the United States or a Member of Congress shall receive no additional pay, 
allowances, or benefits by reason of his or her service to the Commission.

(3) All members of the Commission shall be reimbursed for travel, 
subsistence, and other necessary expenses incurred by them in the 
performance of their duties to the extent authorized by chapter 57 of title 
5, United States Code.

SEC. 5. POWERS OF THE COMMISSION.

(a) Hearings and Sessions- The Commission may, for the purpose of carrying 
out the provisions of this Act, hold such hearings and sit and act at such 
times and at such places in the United States, and request the attendance 
and testimony of such witnesses and the production of such books, records, 
correspondence, memoranda, papers, and documents, as the Commission 
considers appropriate. The Commission may request the Attorney General to 
invoke the aid of an appropriate United States district court to require, 
by subpoena or otherwise, such attendance, testimony, or production.

(b) Powers of Subcommittees and Members- Any subcommittee or member of the 
Commission may, if authorized by the Commission, take any action which the 
Commission is authorized to take by this section.

(c) Obtaining Official Data- The Commission may acquire directly from the 
head of any department, agency, or instrumentality of the executive branch 
of the Government, available information which the Commission considers 
useful in the discharge of its duties. All departments, agencies, and 
instrumentalities of the executive branch of the Government shall cooperate 
with the Commission with respect to such information and shall furnish all 
information requested by the Commission to the extent permitted by law.

SEC. 6. ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS.

(a) Staff- The Commission may, without regard to section 5311(b) of title 
5, United States Code, appoint and fix the compensation of such personnel 
as the Commission considers appropriate.

(b) Applicability of Certain Civil Service Laws- The staff of the 
Commission may be appointed without regard to the provisions of title 5, 
United States Code, governing appointments in the competitive service, and 
without regard to the provisions of chapter 51 and subchapter III of 
chapter 53 of such title relating to classification and General Schedule 
pay rates, except that the compensation of any employee of the Commission 
may not exceed a rate equal to the annual rate of basic pay payable for 
GS-18 of the General Schedule under section 5332 of title 5, United States 
Code.

(c) Experts and Consultants- The Commission may procure the services of 
experts and consultants in accordance with the provisions of section 
3109(b) of title 5, United States Code, but at rates for individuals not to 
exceed the daily equivalent of the highest rate payable under section 5332 
of such title.

(d) Administrative Support Services- The Commission may enter into 
agreements with the Administrator of General Services for procurement of 
financial and administrative services necessary for the discharge of the 
duties of the Commission. Payment for such services shall be made by 
reimbursement from funds of the Commission in such amounts as may be agreed 
upon by the Chairman of the Commission and the Administrator.

(e) Contracts- The Commission may--

(1) procure supplies, services, and property by contract in accordance with 
applicable laws and regulations and to the extent or in such amounts as are 
provided in appropriations Acts; and

(2) enter into contracts with departments, agencies, and instrumentalities 
of the Federal Government, State agencies, and private firms, institutions, 
and agencies, for the conduct of research or surveys, the preparation of 
reports, and other activities necessary for the discharge of the duties of 
the Commission, to the extent or in such amounts as are provided in 
appropriations Acts.

SEC. 7. TERMINATION.

The Commission shall terminate 90 days after the date on which the 
Commission submits its report to the Congress under section 3(c).

SEC. 8. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

To carry out the provisions of this Act, there are authorized to be 
appropriated $8,000,000.

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