Statement on Confederate Flag Ban Removal

By: Meredith Kelly

In the wee hours of the morning, Speaker Ryan and House Republicans rammed through a spending bill before hastily adjourning to an early July 4th recess. This morning it became clear that Ryan and House Republicans shamefully tucked a provision in to the bill to remove a previously agreed-upon ban on Confederate flags at veterans’ cemeteries.

“Just when you thought Speaker Paul Ryan couldn’t stoop any lower, he does. In the middle of the night, with next to no notice, Speaker Ryan and House Republicans removed a bipartisan ban on allowing the Confederate Battle Flag to fly over veterans,” said Jermaine House of the DCCC. “Paul Ryan has promised ‘a new day’ in the House and ‘a better way’ from Republicans, but what he’s given us is the shameful undoing of the will of a bipartisan majority and allowing a symbol of hate and fear to fly over the graves of our veterans.”