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Confederate Flag Suffers Defeat In Republican Controlled House

May 19, 2016

Some good news to report today–at least when it comes to the final outcome.  The House of Representatives voted today to bar the Confederate battle flag from flying over some federal graveyards, the first time the chamber cast a ballot on the issue.

The measure, offered by Democratic Represented Jared Huffman as an amendment to a spending bill, passed 265-159 with the support of GOP leaders. It would bar the Civil War symbol from being flown at cemeteries run by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

A similar Democratic amendment last year was offered after the racially charged shooting of black churchgoers in Charleston, but the measure was so heated and contentious that it tanked an entire appropriations bill after Southern Republicans objected to it.

The news that is unsettling about this story are the 159  votes against the amendment.  In 2016 how can there be so many who still fail to grasp the damage this flag represents, and the hurt it causes?  Shall we guess from which party those votes came?

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