After the violence at the white nationalist rally in Virginia, Sen. Cory Booker moved forward with a bill to remove Confederate statues from the Capitol. Booker took to twitter Wednesday night to confirm his new objective:
“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.”
The white supremacist rally in Virginia was created because Charlottesville City Council moved to take down a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Seeing the violence that occurred in Virginia pushed other localities to follow suit. Lawmakers are now wondering if these statutes should be taken down around the Capitol building.
It would be assumed that Booker will bring the bill to the Senate when they return in early September. In order to see it pass, the legislation would need to garner 60 votes for the upper chamber. According to The Hill, only states will have the ability to take down statues in the National Statuary Hall Collection.
According to Tim Kaine’s spokesperson, he will also be aiding Booker in the creation of the legislation:
“Senator Kaine thinks Senator Booker’s proposal is a good idea, and he plans to work with him on the bill and support it. He also believes the Senate needs to work to address the fundamental inequities in our society that have left African-Americans and families of color in this country with far less wealth, higher unemployment rates, fewer opportunities and less protection under the law.”
If the law would pass, Kaine could see a serious drop in his approval seeing as his state is at the center of this all. Kaine’s state, Virginia, will need to consider their two statues which reside in the National Statuary Hall Collection. Since Virginia is so polarized for this topic, one wrong move could cause Kaine his seat.
If Kaine does lose popularity, Corey Stewart will likely jump in to go against him in the next Senate race. Stewart originally defended the Lee statue when he attempted at a gubernatorial bid. Nancy Pelosi also stated that she agreed with the taking down of the statue:
“There is no room for celebrating the violent bigotry of the men of the Confederacy in the hallowed halls of the United States Capitol or in places of honor across the country.”
Another group pushing for the removal of these statues is the Congressional Black Caucus. CBC Chairman Cedric Richmond told ABC News the following about the removal of the statues:
“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.”
Credit: The Hill