The House was poised to vote Wednesday on legislation to remove statues of Confederate leaders from the Capitol. (July 22)
STENY HOYER: Today, the House is taking a long, overdue, and historic step to ensure that individuals we honor in our capital represent our nation's highest ideals and not the worst in its history. We lament the loss of John Lewis, a man of principle and conviction and of conscience.
This is an action we will take today of principle and conviction. Defenders and purveyors of sedition, slavery, segregation, and white supremacy have no place in this temple of liberty.
JIM CLYBURN: The [? vigilance ?] came over which side of history you're on. And so when people say these are symbols of heritage and not hate, I say to them hate is a heritage, depending on what side of history you're on.
BARBARA LEE: And so this is very dear to me in terms of making sure that all of these monuments to that horrific period and beyond are not glorified anymore in this capitol.