PRICE FLOOR REMARKS ON CONFEDERATE FLAG
Washington, DC –Congressman David E. Price (NC-04) gave the following floor remarks opposing the Calvert amendment to the FY2016 Department Interior Appropriations bill, which would have allowed the Confederate flag to be flown on federal lands. House Republican leadership announced this afternoon that the bill would not come up for a vote.
“Mr. Speaker, we have just learned that the Interior Appropriations bill will be pulled from the floor. A number of the Southern, irreconcilable Republican Members apparently plan to vote against the bill unless it permits the display of the Confederate battle flag in our national parks and permits vendors to sell Confederate souvenirs.
“This is unbelievable, after the tragedy in Charleston and the action in the South Carolina legislature yesterday to remove the battle flag from Capitol grounds. But the House Republican leadership last night chose to accommodate the Southern Republican irreconcilables with an amendment, and now they are pulling the interior bill lest those irreconcilables bring it down.
“Mr. Speaker, we shouldn’t have to debate whether a symbol of hatred and oppression and a reminder of our nation’s darkest hour should be displayed on federal lands. Is the Republican majority really that out of touch? Let us join together and take down the battle flag.”