Sen. Booker seeks passage of bill to remove Confederate statues from US Capitol

Sen. Cory Booker is seeking the passage of a bill to have statues honoring Confederate leaders removed from the United States Capitol building.

News 12 Staff

Jun 18, 2020, 9:36 PM

Updated 1,393 days ago

Share:

Sen. Cory Booker is seeking the passage of a bill to have statues honoring Confederate leaders removed from the United States Capitol building.
The Democratic senator argued his bill on the Senate floor on Thursday.
“The continued presence of these statues in the halls is an affront to African Americans and the ideals of our nation,” Booker argued. “When we proclaim this to be not just a place of liberty and justice for all, but as we seek to be a more beloved nation, a kinder nation, a nation of equal respect and equal dignity, it is an assault on all of those ideals."
Booker tried to expedite passage of the bill, but was blocked by Republican Sen. Roy Blunt who objected.
Blunt said he is open to holding a hearing on the bill, but he opposed immediate action because it would upend a process set in law governing the display of state-sponsored statues in the Capitol.
Photos: Protests Across New Jersey
undefined
 
Blunt, a member of the GOP leadership team, also said he is heartened by states such as Arkansas that are replacing Confederate statues on their own.
Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she is ordering the removal from the Capitol of portraits honoring four previous House speakers who served in the Confederacy.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.


More from News 12
2:10
Rain, wind bring some power outages to Monmouth and Ocean counties

Rain, wind bring some power outages to Monmouth and Ocean counties

2:22
STORM WATCH: Rain, wind and mostly cloudy skies in New Jersey

STORM WATCH: Rain, wind and mostly cloudy skies in New Jersey

0:21
Police: 2 suspects wanted for armed robbery in Bayonne

Police: 2 suspects wanted for armed robbery in Bayonne

0:16
Man sentenced to 15 years in prison for hit-and-run that killed teen in South River

Man sentenced to 15 years in prison for hit-and-run that killed teen in South River

0:21
Car crashes, turns on its side on Pulaski Skyway

Car crashes, turns on its side on Pulaski Skyway

2:11
Police: Two men stole about 140 shopping carts from Rochelle Park ShopRite

Police: Two men stole about 140 shopping carts from Rochelle Park ShopRite

0:14
Caught on camera: Car crashes into parked vehicles in Guttenberg

Caught on camera: Car crashes into parked vehicles in Guttenberg

0:20
VIDEO: Rare fireball seen streaking across New Jersey sky

VIDEO: Rare fireball seen streaking across New Jersey sky

2:11
Dead humpback whale washes up on Long Beach Island Thursday morning

Dead humpback whale washes up on Long Beach Island Thursday morning

0:17
Police: Student from Columbia HS in Maplewood assaulted by students from different school

Police: Student from Columbia HS in Maplewood assaulted by students from different school

0:18
Prosecutor: Dirt bike rider killed in Clifton crash Wednesday night

Prosecutor: Dirt bike rider killed in Clifton crash Wednesday night

0:54
Jersey Proud: Remains of sailor from NJ killed in Pearl Harbor attack finally laid to rest

Jersey Proud: Remains of sailor from NJ killed in Pearl Harbor attack finally laid to rest

2:46
JCP&L trims trees in New Jersey towns to reduce risk of branches causing power outages

JCP&L trims trees in New Jersey towns to reduce risk of branches causing power outages

0:47
Sen. Bob Menendez and his wife will have separate bribery trials, judge rules

Sen. Bob Menendez and his wife will have separate bribery trials, judge rules

Matchbox Twenty to play at Newark’s Prudential Center June 27

Matchbox Twenty to play at Newark’s Prudential Center June 27

1:57
Museum dedicated to the history of Paterson’s Hinchliffe Stadium opens its doors

Museum dedicated to the history of Paterson’s Hinchliffe Stadium opens its doors

1:57
‘Hate and violence have no place here.’ Center for Islamic Life at Rutgers University addresses break-in, vandalism

‘Hate and violence have no place here.’ Center for Islamic Life at Rutgers University addresses break-in, vandalism

1:49
Police: Credit card skimmer found on self-checkout register at Bayonne Walmart

Police: Credit card skimmer found on self-checkout register at Bayonne Walmart

0:24
Prosecutors: Bayonne woman struck, killed on Route 46 in Parsippany

Prosecutors: Bayonne woman struck, killed on Route 46 in Parsippany

0:28
Dog found abandoned in Little Falls, police looking for owner

Dog found abandoned in Little Falls, police looking for owner