Speaking to reporters at the Capitol, the New York Democrat on Tuesday called racism "the poison of America" and said that more must be done to address the country's legacy of racial inequality.
Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee has introduced a resolution that would create the commission to explore reparations. Last month, a House committee held the first hearing on the issue in a generation.
House Democratic leaders plan to hold a vote on the resolution, but it's going nowhere in the Republican-controlled Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is opposed.
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