Sen. Cory Booker plans to propose a bill to remove all Confederate statues from the United States Capitol building, he announced Wednesday.
“I will be introducing a bill to remove Confederate statues from the US Capitol building,” Booker, D-N.J., tweeted. “This is just one step. We have much work to do.” He did not offer any information as to when he would introduce his bill.
I will be introducing a bill to remove Confederate statues from the US Capitol building. This is just one step. We have much work to do.
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) August 17, 2017
Nine statues dedicated to honoring various Confederate figures stand in the Capitol, including Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and John C. Calhoun.
Booker’s announcement comes as many cities call for the removal of their Confederate statues. Charlottesville, Virginia, was the center of a deadly riot as white supremacists came out to rally and protest the potential removal of a Confederate statue of Lee. Baltimore city workers swiftly took down four of their Confederate monuments late Tuesday night.
The Congressional Black Caucus also proposed Confederate statues get taken down from the U.S. Capitol building.
“We will never solve America’s race problem if we continue to honor traitors who fought against the United States in order to keep African Americans in chains. By the way, thank god, they lost,” Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, told ABC News in a Monday statement.
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