House Dems include removal of Confederate statues in funding bill

by Bryan Brammer · Jul 7th, 2020 3:48 pm
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Last Updated Jul 8th, 2020 at 10:21 am

Democratic members of the House Appropriations Committee on Monday revealed the draft of a federal funding bill that included a provision for the removal of Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol.

The bill, which grants the legislative branch more than $4 billion for the fiscal year beginning in October, includes language "directing the Architect of the Capitol" to rid the Capitol of Confederate monuments.

"[Statues and busts] that represent figures who participated in the Confederate Army or government, as well as the statues of individuals with unambiguous records of racial intolerance, Charles Aycock, John C. Calhoun, and James Paul Clarke, and the bust of Roger B. Taney," a summary of the draft reads.

A Republican aide close to the appropriations process criticized Democrats for how they brought up the removal of the statues.

"This is a policy rider that should be considered by the authorizing committees and the Joint Committee of Congress on the Library, not as part of the appropriations process," the aide said. "We hope that Democrats will work with us on bills the president will actually sign into law."

Another senior GOP aide said that the "House appropriations bills are just posturing" since the group is "headed toward a Continuing Resolution."


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