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The Democrat-controlled House voted Wednesday to remove all Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol.

“This day is about doing better,” Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said. “Recognizing our faults, not honoring them. And relegating them, yes, to history, but not to honor.”

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus also supported removing the statues that they say symbolize America’s history of slavery and the oppression of African Americans.

The bill replaces the bust of Roger Brooke Taney in the Old Supreme Court Chamber of the Capitol with a bust of Thurgood Marshall, who in 1967 became the first African American to serve on the Supreme Court. It also would remove all statues of individuals who voluntarily served the Confederate States of America for the Capitol building.

Democrats asked colleagues to remember the late Congressman John Lewis (D) who passed away last week. They said the best way to honor his legacy is to pass a new Voting Rights Act, and that removing the statues in the Capitol is what Lewis would have wanted.

“If John were here, he would be speaking to you about this effort,” Hoyer said.

Congresswoman Karen Bass (D), the head of the Congressional Black Caucus, also said the vote was a way to honor Lewis.

“Just imagine what it feels like as an African American to know that my ancestors built the Capitol, but yet there are monuments to the very people that enslaved my ancestors,” Bass said. “These individuals do not deserve to be honored.”

Confederate statues and many others such as Christopher Columbus have been vandalized and, in some cases, destroyed across the nation as major riots and protests still linger on in response to the death of George Floyd.

Democrats say that with COVID-19 attacking the nation, police brutality debates ongoing, and racism again front and center removing the Confederate statues from the Capitol is a very important step forward.

The bill’s future is unknown in the Republican-controlled Senate. Many senators including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have said they believe the decision of what statues are in the Capitol, for the most part, should be left up to the 50 states, each of whom gets to select two statues to display in the building. McConnell said several states are already taking the steps to remove controversial statues from the building.

Congress is also currently passing legislation to rename U.S. military bases that include the names of Confederate generals. President Donald Trump has said he will likely veto any attempt to rename those bases.

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    Mike Wukitsch July 23, 2020

    You know the rotten democrats…”never let a crisis go to waste”.

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    Bill Braniff July 23, 2020

    This is rediculous. Do something constructive

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    Jean Watson July 23, 2020

    Our past is our past. It must all be seen and remembered, otherwise how do you learn from mistakes. Just tearing down statues that remember all of our past is totally wrong. It is Clear that the Democratic members are truly going for political clout so they can gain votes. How stupid are they to think that people don’t see through this. All this tells me is that there’s nothing but Political gain that is important.any more. So sad

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    Douglas Cramer July 23, 2020

    Since statues are suddenly so disconcerting and slaves built the Capitol Building, perhaps the Capitol Building should be taken down as well as all buildings built by slaves!

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    Harvey Pelovsky July 23, 2020

    Doesn;t the Senate have to vote on this and then does not the President have to sign it?

    Other than the color of his skin, why is Thurgood Marshall’s life any more important than Mr. Taney?

    ALL LIVES MATTER EQUALLY–GET IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Marion Cuttino July 23, 2020

    Removing and tearing down statues will not make our history disappear. Many groups of people have been disenfranchised over the course of history. There have been many races forced into slavery. Many black Americans have had slaves themselves. It’s time for everyone to look ahead and plan for a better future. Quit living in the past and move on.

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    Nick Kleyn July 23, 2020

    I fully agree with you

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    Michael Groves July 23, 2020

    Democrat’s want them removed because they don’t want Americans to know about their racist past. This way with the evidence gone. They can accuse others, of racisum. Then it’s like they never were. They can sweep the past into the closet.

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    Lowell Deer July 23, 2020

    Where are the damn republicans that should be fighting for our rights. they are letting the left have their way.

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    lance williams July 23, 2020

    so every time some one suffers from emotional incontinence, we the healthy majority must cede? Enough., these people need to get help and move on. The world does not revolve around them, neither the power drunk Democrat politicians. All this rubbish , as well as the fire stokers will be remembered, (negatively), for their reckless and irresponsible conduct, long after it is all over. These leftist will never get my respect, let alone my vote.

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    Will Triebel July 23, 2020

    These people make no sense at all. They claim those connected with slavery and the Confederacy don’t deserve to be honored, yet continue to honor them by supporting their political party.

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    Thomas Kidd July 23, 2020

    You’re absolutely right.

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    Thomas Kidd July 23, 2020

    You’re absolutely right. You’re right about that, but this will come back to bite em. The law of sowing and reaping cannot be circumvented.

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    Yarbles July 24, 2020

    Democrats trying to erase THEIR RACIST HISTORY!!!!

    AGAIN!

    “We control the PAST to insure your FUTURE. We control the PRESENT to secure your PAST.”
    INGSOC Propaganda Poster, 1984

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    nathan jarrell July 24, 2020

    At the end of the Civil War, General Lee offered his sword to General Grant, the typical response of a losing leader of the
    day. General Grant declined accepting it. He knew General was a good man who had accepted the role of leader, due to his experience as a military strategist, despite not wanting to do so. Is there a man within the dem/progressives this honorable today? Is there even one?

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    Russ Watkins July 24, 2020

    Hoyer everything you say John would have wanted. Why did not say it and do it when he was breathing. Now a ignorant Demass can talk with the dead Maybe John Can tell Hoyer from the dead that Demasses are going get their ass kicked in November

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    Betty July 24, 2020

    And all of the offending statues are of DEMOCRATS.

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    philip b. ekstedt July 25, 2020

    who cares what the House Dems vote to do … a sink hole of human waste … would be nice if they voted themselves out of congress …

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