Democrats in the US House of Representatives are moving to pass a bill to establish a commission to study and develop reparation proposals for African Americans. Al Jazeera reports that the House bill would establish a commission of 13 members to be appointed by Congress and the president to study the question of reparations and make national recommendations within a year. Its mandate would be to document the institution of slavery in the US from the first arrival of Black slaves in 1619 to the end of the US Civil War in 1865. It would then assess the subsequent forms of discrimination that have harmed Black Americans since they were granted full US citizenship in 1868. Recommendations would address how the US government should apologise for slavery, how US laws and policies continue to negatively affect African Americans and how these injuries can be reversed.