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Home | County, State and Federal Government | Pingree calls late night amendment to bring Confederate flag back to national parks "shameful"

Pingree calls late night amendment to bring Confederate flag back to national parks "shameful"

Last minute amendment to allow sale of flags at parks passed on voice vote, Pingree and colleagues forced second vote on issue today

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree had harsh words for a late-night Republican amendment adopted by voice vote that appears to allow the sale of Confederate flags in national parks.

 

"It was shameful and shocking that House Republicans suddenly snuck in this amendment to allow the Confederate flag to be sold in our country's national parks," Pingree said.  "The flag has become a symbol of racism and divisiveness and does not belong in gift shops run by the Park Service."

 

Last night, while Pingree and a few of her colleagues were concluding debate on the Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill, Republican Congressman Ken Calvert of California suddenly interrupted his own speech and offered a provision thatwould roll back previously passed amendments prohibiting the sale or display of Confederate flags in national parks.  Calvert spoke for less than ten seconds on the proposal and offered no explanation.  Calvert's amendment was adopted by a voice vote but Pingree and her colleagues demanded a second, recorded vote, which will take place today.

 

"It's outrageous that this week, as the South Carolina Legislature is moving quickly to remove the Confederate flag from their capitol, the US House is voting to put the flag back in national parks around the country," Pingree said.

 

Last month, National Park Service Director John Jarvis asked that sales of Confederate flags be stopped at Park gift shops, and earlier this week three amendments to the Interior and Environment Appropriations bill reinforced that directive. 

 

"Those amendments we passed earlier this week had broad bipartisan support and passed without a single word of opposition from Republicans," Pingree said. "But then late at night they tried to sneak through something that undoes all of that."
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