A MESSAGE FROM CONGRESSMAN STENY H. HOYER
This week, the House passed my bill to remove the bust of former Supreme Court Justice Roger Brooke Taney from the Old Supreme Court Chamber in the U.S. Capitol and replace it with a bust of former Justice Thurgood Marshall. H.R. 7573 would also remove other shameful reminders of slavery and segregation from the U.S. Capitol by requiring states to reclaim and replace any statues in the National Statuary Hall Collection of individuals who volunteered for the armed services of the Confederacy during the Civil War. It would also specifically remove four statues – of John C. Calhoun, Charles B. Aycock, John C. Clarke, and John C. Breckinridge – from the collection because of those individuals’ role in defending slavery, segregation, and white supremacy. Click here to watch my remarks on H.R. 7573 on the House Floor.
This action was long overdue, but it is never too late to do the right thing. I'm proud that the House passed my legislation with bipartisan support. I urge Senator McConnell to bring H.R. 7573 to the Senate Floor and make the strong statement that Congress will not allow symbols of sedition, segregation, and hate in the halls of government.
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Steny H. Hoyer