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House Democrats’ Funding Bill Includes Provision To Remove Confederate Statues

Confederate statues would be removed from the Capitol under a provision included in the Democrat House Appropriations Committee’s 2021 draft budget bill released Monday.

The nearly $4.2 billion funding proposal would mandate the removal of monuments to Confederategenerals and would also call into question those statues of people who have “unambiguous records of racial intolerance,” according to a press release from the Appropriations Committee.

The architects of the bill consider former 19th century vice president John Calhoun, as well as Roger Taney, the 5th chief justice of the United States, to be emblematic of racial intolerance, and called for their statues to be returned to donor states, the release said.

House Democrats have also set their sights on removing statues of early 1900s era North Carolina Gov. Charles Aycock and former Arkansas Senator James Paul Clark. The statues, all located within Capitol bounds, would be donated back to the states that contributed them, according to the bill.