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Brownback added reparations disclaimer

Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., has received praise for his leadership in persuading the Senate to pass a resolution June 18 that formally apologizes for slavery and Jim Crow laws. But the Web site Politico reports that Brownback also was responsible for inserting language in the Senate version that has angered some members of the Congressional Black Caucus — by stipulating that the resolution does not authorize reparations for descendants of slaves — and derailed hopes of reconciling the two chambers' resolutions so a joint ceremony could be held. The House passed its version last summer. "I wish we could have had my version passed in the Senate, but it's still a historic achievement," said Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., who has been pursuing a compromise.