The Home of Representatives on Tuesday voted 285 to 120 to move a invoice eradicating statues of Confederates and advocates of slavery and racial segregation from the U.S. Capitol, with 120 Republicans voting in opposition to it – up from 113 final yr.
The invoice would exchange a bust of Roger Taney, the Supreme Courtroom justice who wrote the notorious Dred Scott v. Sanford determination, which denied citizenship to Black People, with considered one of Thurgood Marshall, the primary Black Supreme Courtroom justice.
It will additionally take away statues of slavery and segregation champions like Vice President John Calhoun and Sen. James Clarke, as effectively 11 statues of Accomplice figures, together with Accomplice President Jefferson Davis and Vice President Alexander Stephens.
Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Wisc.) mentioned in a flooring speech he supported eradicating statues of Confederates like Stephens however objected to changing Taney with Marshall, pointing to Marshall’s majority vote in Roe v. Wade, which struck down many abortion restrictions.
However prime Republicans like Home Minority Chief Kevin McCarthy and Minority Whip Steve Scalise voted to take away the statues, with McCarthy noting in a flooring speech, “All the statues being eliminated by this invoice are statues of Democrats.”
Home Majority Chief Steny Hoyer mentioned the statues must be eliminated “to not overlook them” however as a result of “they don’t seem to be deserving of our honor,” arguing Marshall could be a “much better ambassador for democracy” than Taney.
Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-Mont.) mentioned he voted in opposition to the invoice as a result of it’s “animated by the Crucial Race Principle ideas of structural racism, microaggressions, and a United States based mostly solely on white supremacy.” Rosendale cited “Crucial Race Principle” earlier this month as his motivation for voting in opposition to a invoice to make Juneteenth a federal vacation.
The invoice beforehand handed the Home final June amid racial justice protests. Then-Senate Minority Chief Chuck Schumer and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) tried to move it by unanimous consent, however it was blocked by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), who argued that states ought to have the ultimate say about which statues they show within the Capitol. Then-Majority Chief Mitch McConnell declined to deliver it up for a recorded vote.
What To Watch For
Home Majority Chief Steny Hoyer advised reporters on Tuesday he expects Schumer, now the Senate majority chief, to present the invoice a vote on the ground. It’s not clear if and when that will occur, with the Senate in recess till July 9.
60. That’s what number of votes the invoice wants to beat a Senate filibuster if it involves the ground, that means not less than 10 Republicans must vote with Democrats to ensure that it to move. Senate Republicans have beforehand signaled their willingness to take comparable steps, voting overwhelmingly to override former President Donald Trump’s veto of a protection spending invoice that ordered the renaming of bases named for Accomplice figures.