A measure to bar confederate flags from cemeteries run by the Department of Veterans Affairs was removed from legislation passed by the House on June 23. The flag ban was added to the VA funding bill in May by a vote of 265-159, with most Republicans voting against the ban.
But Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) both supported the measure. Ryan was commended for allowing a vote on the controversial measure, but has since limited what amendments can be offered on the floor.
In negotiations to reconcile the House funding measure with the Senate bill, the confederate flag provision was dropped. The bill passed the House 239-171. Of the eight House Republicans Ryan appointed to the conference committee that ultimately stripped the measure, four had voted against the ban on the floor. A GOP aide declined to comment on the internal deliberations that led to the removal of the ban. (Source: Politico | Matthew Nussbaum | June 23, 2016)
Thomas Crisp is a retired military officer from Whitmire. His veterans updates can be found weekly in The Newberry Observer.