House Democrats’ Funding Bill Includes Removal of Confederate Statues
The bill has set the stage for a battle between the Democrats and Trump
House Democrats released a draft of a funding bill on Monday, which includes a plan to remove statues of those who served the Confederacy or have "unambiguous records of racial intolerance."
Bu the Democrats' bill is almost sure not to pass in its current form due to how congress has been running its appropriations process.
However, the bill could serve as a blueprint for continuing resolutions, and the statue-removal provision could make its way into that legislation.
An online summary of the bill reads:
"The bill includes language directing the Architect of the Capitol to remove statues or busts in the U.S. Capitol 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."
The text of the bill states "Confederate" statues and busts would mean depictions of individuals who voluntarily served as part of the Confederate military, the military of a state while it was rebelling against the United States or anyone who served as a Confederate government official.
NOW: @RepTimRyan releases the text of the FY21 Legislative Branch funding bill, which provides $4.2 billion to strengthen Congress so it can deliver #ForThePeople.— House Appropriations (@AppropsDems) July 6, 2020
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An example of this would be Jefferson Davis, whose statue was donated by Mississippi.
Davis commanded Mississippi's military forces after it withdrew from the union and later was the president of the Confederacy.
Very sad to see States allowing roving gangs of wise guys, anarchists & looters, many of them having no idea what they are doing, indiscriminately ripping down our statues and monuments to the past. Some are great works of art, but all represent our History & Heritage, both....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 25, 2020
In June, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to protect America's historic public statues and monuments from being damaged or destroyed by far-left and anarchist protesters.
"We are going to do an executive order and make the cities guard their monuments," Trump told Eternal Word Television Network host Raymond Arroyo.
"This is a disgrace," the president added.
....the good and the bad. It is important for us to understand and remember, even in turbulent and difficult times, and learn from them. Knowledge comes from the most unusual of places!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 25, 2020
“I am here as your president to proclaim before the country and before the world: This monument will never be desecrated; these heroes will never be defaced; their legacy will never ever be destroyed; their achievements will not be forgotten, and Mount Rushmore will stand forever as an eternal tribute to our forefathers and our freedom,” Trump said.
“This movement is openly attacking the legacies of every person on Mount Rushmore,” Trump said of protesters.