Texas GOP Rep. Brian Babin is pressing legislation that would ban any future federal bailouts for states that pay race-based reparations.
“This is something that needs to be done because these states want to give reparations on the basis of skin color and slavery — something that happened 160 or 170 years ago,” Babin told the John Solomon Reports podcast on Tuesday. “They’re going to expect the federal government to bail them out.”
The legislation ‘em titled the “No Bailouts for Reparations Act” was introduced last month and has attracted 13 co-sponsors.
Babin says he’s not optimistic about the bill advancing past the Senate but said a House floor vote would be an important, moral victory.
“I’m hoping that we can get to a floor vote in the House,” he stated. “But I’m not under the illusion that this thing would pass in the US Senate, nor would it be signed into law by President Biden. But this is something that absolutely needs to be passed.”
He proceeded to use California as an example of a state that would ask for a bailout after implementing reparations programs.
“People are leaving in droves,” Babin said of the Golden State. “Because they’re driving businesses out of there with tax rates that are really over the top or with regulatory bureaucracy and political correctness and wokeness.”
He proceeded to say that the average American in California has no desire to pay money to reparations programs when they’re already being taxed a significant amount.
“People are leaving California in droves,” Babin said. “So if they’re going to pay billions and billions of dollars, to people on the basis- calling it slave reparations-if this bill will go through, it will deny California or any other entity, a city, a county or a state to be reimbursed by the American taxpayer for those payments.”
Other lawmakers backing the legislation include Reps. Troy Nehls (R-Tx.), Ronny Jackson (R-Tx.), Rep. Burgess Owens (R-Ut.) and Rep. Scott Franklin (R-Fla.).