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Lowey statement on GOP amendment defending Confederate flag

July 8, 2015
Press Release

Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY), Ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement on a GOP amendment introduced by the Chairman of the Interior and Environment Subcommittee defending the Confederate flag on federal property:

"Tonight, after nearly 20 hours of debate on the Interior and Environment Appropriations Act and approval of three amendments banning sale and display of the Confederate flag in national parks and cemeteries administered by the National Park Service, the Republican majority introduced an amendment reversing course. 

"The Calvert amendment would shamefully challenge the emerging national consensus that government must not countenance such a symbol of hatred and intolerance. 

"I urge all members of Congress to reject this disgraceful gambit."

114th Congress