Should Confederate statues be removed from the US Capitol?

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Both lawmakers noted in the statement announcing their legislation that there are more than 100 public schools and military bases named after Confederate leaders, in addition to the hundreds of monuments and statues. But in 1903, the Virginia legislature proposed placing statues of George Washington and Robert E. Lee in Statuary Hall.

"If Republicans are serious about rejecting white supremacy, I call upon Speaker [Paul] Ryan to join Democrats to remove the Confederate statues from the Capitol immediately", Pelosi said.

Each state is allowed two statues of notable citizens to display in the U.S. Capitol.

Almost 10 Confederate-era figures, including that of Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy, and General Robert E Lee, a General who fought for the pro-slavery Confederacy during the US Civil War, are memorialised along with dozens of other statues at the National Statuary Hall Collection in the US Capitol.

On Aug. 16, Democratic Sen. Those statutes can be replaced if they meet certain requirements such as approval from the state's governor.

Inside you'll find North Carolina's Zebalon Vance, Alexander Hamilton-Stephens of Georgia and leader of the Confederacy Robert E. Lee.

Trump doubled down on Thursday morning, lamenting that the removal of the "beautiful" monuments would ruin the "history and culture" of the U.S. Tourist have mixed opinions about removing them. Debbie Wasserman Schultz called on her state to remove its statue of Confederate general Edmund Kirby Smith in the Capitol.

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News Channel 8 got a chance to ask him about some other important topics including his lunch with President Donald Trump this week and, of course, if he thinks Confederate monuments should stay or should they go? Unsurprisingly, most of the monuments are in the former Confederate states, and most were erected long after the Civil War to proclaim a sort of delayed victory for the Lost Cause via the imposition of Jim Crow as the closest thing to chattel slavery still possible.

"To my knowledge, Governor Abbott has not articulated any specific opposition to the removal of the historically inaccurate Confederate plaque near my capitol office".

"You can't change history, but you can learn from it", he tweeted Thursday.

At the local level, cities have grappled with how to handle Confederate statues that have the potential to become flash points for racial animus.

No state has sent a statue of an African-American.

A growing number of Democratic lawmakers have called for the removal of Confederate monuments across the nation following a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville that resulted in death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

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