Miss. Republicans vote against bill that would send Capitol’s Jefferson Davis statue back to Mississippi

FILE - In this June 11, 2020, file photo a statue of Jefferson Davis of Mississippi is on...
FILE - In this June 11, 2020, file photo a statue of Jefferson Davis of Mississippi is on display in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)(Susan Walsh | AP)
Published: Jun. 30, 2021 at 10:38 AM CDT
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WASHINGTON (WLBT) - The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday to approve the removal of several prominent Confederate statues from the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

The bill, which would remove the bust of Roger Taney, the U.S. chief justice best known for an infamous pro-slavery decision, as well as statues of Jefferson Davis and others who served in the Confederacy, passed 285-120.

The statues would go back to the states that sent them. The statue of Davis, for example, would be returned to Mississippi and that of Alexander Hamilton Stephens would be returned to Georgia. Davis served as the Confederacy’s president and Stephens as its vice president.

Just one Mississippi Representative voted to remove the statues--Democrat Bennie Thompson.

Sixty-seven Republicans also voted to approve the bill, but none from Mississippi joined.

Michael Guest was unable to vote while Trent Kelly and Steven Palazzo voted no.

Guest says he would have noted no, explaining that he does not believe the federal government should make that decision.

The bill would still need to pass the Senate. A similar bill passed the House last year but died in the Senate. Some Democrats hope for a different outcome with a Democratic president and Democratic-controlled Senate.

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