Capitol Report: Sanders joins other 2020 candidates in saying he backs study of reparations for slavery

Senator Bernie Sanders

Sen. Bernie Sanders said Friday if elected president he would sign a bill creating a commission to study the issue of reparations for slavery, joining many of his fellow White House hopefuls after being cautious about the issue.

Sanders, one of more than a dozen declared candidates seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, told the Rev. Al Sharpton at a conference in New York, “If the House and Senate pass that bill, of course I would sign it.”

Legislation by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee calls for setting up a panel to study reparations. Sanders in recent weeks has expressed skepticism about payments to descendants of slaves.

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