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H.R. 4179: No Federal Funding for Confederate Symbols Act

The text of the bill below is as of Aug 9, 2019 (Introduced).


I

116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 4179

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

August 9, 2019

(for himself, Mr. Evans, Ms. Clarke of New York, Ms. Velázquez, Ms. Adams, Mr. Quigley, Ms. Wasserman Schultz, Mr. Khanna, Ms. Jackson Lee, and Mr. Gallego) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To prohibit the use of Federal funds for Confederate symbols, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the No Federal Funding for Confederate Symbols Act.

2.

Findings

The Congress finds the following:

(1)

The Confederate battle flag is one of the most controversial symbols from U.S. history, signifying a representation of racism, slavery, and the oppression of African Americans.

(2)

The Confederate flag and the erection of Confederate monuments were used as symbols to resist efforts to dismantle Jim Crow segregation, and have become pillars of Ku Klux Klan rallies.

(3)

There are at least 1,503 symbols of the Confederacy in public spaces, including 109 public schools named after prominent Confederates, many with large African-American student populations.

(4)

There are more than 700 Confederate monuments and statues on public property throughout the country, the vast majority in the South. These include 96 monuments in Virginia, 90 in Georgia, and 90 in North Carolina.

(5)

Ten major U.S. military installations are named in honor of Confederate military leaders. These include Fort Rucker (Gen. Edmund Rucker) in Alabama; Fort Benning (Brig. Gen. Henry L. Benning) and Fort Gordon (Maj. Gen. John Brown Gordon) in Georgia; Camp Beauregard (Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard) and Fort Polk (Gen. Leonidas Polk) in Louisiana; Fort Bragg (Gen. Braxton Bragg) in North Carolina; Fort Hood (Gen. John Bell Hood) in Texas; and Fort A.P. Hill (Gen. A.P. Hill), Fort Lee (Gen. Robert E. Lee), and Fort Pickett (Gen. George Pickett) in Virginia.

3.

Federal funds restriction

(a)

In general

Except as provided in subsection (c), no Federal funds may be used for the creation, maintenance, or display, as applicable, of any Confederate symbol on Federal public land, including any highway, park, subway, Federal building, military installation, street, or other Federal property.

(b)

Confederate symbol defined

The term Confederate symbol includes the following:

(1)

A Confederate battle flag.

(2)

Any symbol or other signage that honors the Confederacy.

(3)

Any monument or statue that honors a Confederate leader or soldier or the Confederate States of America.

(c)

Exceptions

Subsection (a) does not apply—

(1)

if the use of such funds is necessary to allow for removal of the Confederate symbol to address public safety; or

(2)

in the case of a Confederate symbol created, maintained, or displayed in a museum or educational exhibit.

4.

Redesignation of military installations

(a)

Redesignation

Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall redesignate the following military installations with such designation as the Secretary determines appropriate:

(1)

Fort Rucker, Alabama.

(2)

Fort Benning, Georgia.

(3)

Fort Gordon, Georgia.

(4)

Camp Beauregard, Louisiana.

(5)

Fort Polk, Louisiana.

(6)

Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

(7)

Fort Hood, Texas.

(8)

Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia.

(9)

Fort Lee, Virginia.

(10)

Fort Pickett, Virginia.

(b)

References

Any reference in any law, regulation, map, document, paper, or other record of the United States to a military installation referred to in subsection (a) shall be deemed to be a reference to such installation as redesignated under such subsection.