Biden could have passed it through executive order. He said he'd look out for Black people for having his back, and so far, he hasn't.
If they were at-least a little serious about addressing the most pressing issue that Black Americans face - financial stability - they would've passed this bill last year. They wouldn't be lagging behind other states at this point. (This bill is just a study. Of course, we need more than a study but this is the bare-bones minimum and they won't even push this through.)
Dozens of groups from religious to Japanese groups have been yelling at Biden to sign an executive order to commission a study of reparations for Black Americans.
Dreisen Heath, a researcher and advocate in Human Rights Watch's United States Program focusing on racial justice issues, said that the push for an executive order for H.R. 40 is a necessity. She said if a “commission Bill cannot advance through both chambers, then that's why you have other branches of government, who have also promised to execute on a study for reparations and developing reparations proposals, to commit to executive action and do it.”
Heath added other bills have dealt with the legacy of enslavement with majority support from Republicans, including Anti-lynching legislation that stalled for over a century.
“If Juneteenth is a consensus, then reparations also has to be a consensus. And if the congressional chambers aren't going to commit to doing something that they all publicly said that they were going to do, then the President has to do what he also publicly promised that he was going to do," Heath said.