Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Rep Bennie Thompson Wants the Federal Government to Ban Mississippi Sate Flag

House Administration Committee Chairwoman Candice Miller sent a letter to her panel's Democrats saying she is looking to hear more from the Mississippi delegation and state-level leaders on the matter, and that she intends "to give thoughtful and serious consideration" to Rep. Bennie Thompson's proposal requiring flags with the Confederate symbol be removed from the House (unless it's the lawmaker's office displaying the flag).

  • In a July 9 letter, the panel's three Democrats—ranking member Robert Brady, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, and Vargas—suggested holding one or more hearings on the resolution that has been referred to the House Administration Committee. They also suggested marking up the resolution, writing their own, or asking the superintendent of House buildings to remove flags bearing the Confederate emblem (as all state flags hang from the ceiling of the Rayburn House Office Building's basement).
    "The Confederate battle flag is obviously a symbol of both slavery and segregation and secession. That's not an appropriate symbol to be displayed in the Capitol of the United States," Minority Whip Steny Hoyer told National Journal. "I would hope that we would make a determination to come to grips with that."
    Lofgren said Wednesday morning that she couldn't comment on the letter, as she hadn't seen it yet (it was sent around late afternoon Tuesday), but that the Democrats on the committee believe the resolution didn't get referred just to bury it. "Let's take this up, let's have hearings, let's take this seriously," the California Democrat said.
SOURCE: National Journal