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Pelosi Joins Call for Removal of Confederate Statues From Capitol
Trump says country is being ‘ripped apart’ by removal of ‘beautiful’ monuments

Democrats are calling for the removal from the Capitol of Confederate statues, like this one of Confederate President Jefferson Davis in Statuary Hall. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 12:32 p.m. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday joined a drumbeat from other Democrats, calling for the removal of Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol.

“The halls of Congress are the very heart of our democracy. The statues in the Capitol should embody our highest ideals as Americans, expressing who we are and who we aspire to be as a nation,” the California Democrat said in a statement

House Panel Refuses to Allow Vote on Confederate Flag
Rules committee prevents floor debate; chair says proposal was 'poison pill'

Confederate battle flag is a recurring controversy in the House. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The House will not vote on the display of Confederate flag imagery on federal lands, following a decision by the House Rules Committee on Monday night.  

After a hearing on the the fiscal 2017 Interior-Environment spending bill, the committee decided to prevent floor debate on three Democratic amendments would have barred the display of Confederate imagery in national parks and federal cemeteries.  

Republicans Shocked White House Won't Bite on Zika Funding
Obama, aides continue to demand $1.9 billion to fight virus

Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaks with a reporters as she leaves the Senate Republicans' policy luncheon on Tuesday, June 28, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Veteran Republicans are flabbergasted that the Obama administration has not once budged during four months of talks in demanding nearly $2 billion to fight the Zika virus outbreak, a posture that's helped stall emergency legislation.  

The White House and Democrats who participated in the talks say the sum, first requested in February, reflected what senior federal health officials determined is needed to track the spread of the disease, develop vaccines and study links between Zika and birth defects, among other tasks.  

Confederate Flag Ban Vanishes During Democrats' Sit-In
GOP lawmakers remove amendment prohibiting flag display at VA cemeteries

An amendment to ban the display of Confederate flag imagery from veterans cemeteries was removed from a spending bill after conference committee negotiations. (Tom Williams/Roll Call file photo)

The display of Confederate flag imagery on federal land has re-emerged as a thorn in the side of this year’s process for enacting spending bills.  

The issue, which halted the fiscal 2016 appropriations process last year, appeared to be one problem Republicans would avoid this year. An amendment barring the flag imagery's display in Veterans Affairs cemeteries was added to the fiscal 2017 Military Construction-VA spending bill  last month.  

Moral Victory on Confederate Flag, Painful Defeat on LGBT Protection
Democrats allege procedural irregularities as Republicans switch votes

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., objected to the way votes were changed. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Democrats achieved a long-awaited moral victory Thursday as the House adopted an amendment to bar the Confederate flag from flying over some federal cemeteries.  

But that achievement was overshadowed moments later as Republicans rejected an amendment to prevent federal contractors from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identification. The defeat -- by a single vote -- came only after several members switched their votes at the last minute.  

Decoder: the Confederate Flag Controversy Explained
A timeline since the Charleston shooting

Following the shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley ordered the flag removed from the state Capitol. (Tom Williams/Roll Call)

The furor over the Confederate flag resurfaced this week in Congress, nearly a year after the iconic symbol derailed the entire appropriations process. Here's a look at how the controversy began.

House Votes to Lower Confederate Flag at Cemeteries
Republicans also reject LGBT amendment by single vote after members switch sides

A Democratic amendment to the defense bill would have withheld funding from any educational institution that flies the Confederate flag. (Tom Williams/Roll Call file photo)

The House voted Thursday to effectively bar the Confederate flag from flying over some federal cemeteries, defusing a debate that threatened to revive a stand-off that derailed the entire appropriations process last year.  

In its first roll call ever on the flag, the House voted 265 to 159 on an amendment to prohibit federal spending at veterans cemeteries that raise the "stars and bars." The amendment was part of a spending bill for military construction and veterans affairs that later cleared the chamber.  

Florida Takes Further Steps to Eliminate Confederate Memories


Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith’s statue has sat in Statuary Hall since 1922 and now will likely be removed. The Florida House of Representatives sent a veto-proof bill to Gov. Rick Scott’s desk on Wednesday to take it down.  

Confederate Flag Aside, Other Symbols Are Everywhere

The Mississippi state flag, which includes the Confederate battle flag as part of its design, hangs in along the Senate Subway tunnel. The state's two senators called for changing the flag design Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Confederate flags in South Carolina and Mississippi have garnered much of the public’s attention following the murder of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, but they aren't the only symbols forcing politicians to judge the line between heritage, history and intimidation.  

The days of the Confederate flag outside the South Carolina statehouse seem numbered following a bipartisan push, led by Republican Gov. Nikki R. Haley, earlier in the week. Attention then turned to other symbols, such as Mississippi’s state flag, which displays the Confederate symbol in its upper left corner.