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H.R. 4179 (116th): No Federal Funding for Confederate Symbols Act

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Should the Confederate flag and other similar memorial items be kept up or created on federal land?


In recent years, public pressure has increased to remove public monuments to the slave-owning Confederacy.

This movement was especially motivated by two incidents: 2015’s racially motivated mass shooting by a white man against a largely African-American church in South Carolina, plus 2017’s violent Unite the Right rally to maintain a statue of a Confederate general in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Several states which had previously flown the flag outside their statehouses or governor’s mansion took it down, most prominently South Carolina. Organizations and businesses from NASCAR to Walmart and Amazon also announced they would no longer feature the Confederate flag symbol.

However, monuments to the Confederacy still stand on some federal ...

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Adriano Espaillat

Sponsor. Representative for New York's 13th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Aug 9, 2019
Length: 4 pages
Aug 9, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on August 9, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


109 Cosponsors (109 Democrats)



Aug 9, 2019

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H.R. 4179 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 4179. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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