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H.R. 7217 (116th): Confederate Monument Removal Act

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Should one of the most important U.S. government buildings feature commemorations of men who fought against the U.S. government?


The Capitol Building’s Statuary Hall features 100 statues, depicting two notable people from each of the 50 states, chosen by the state itself. Included are such notable names as George Washington for VirginiaHelen Keller for AlabamaThomas Edison for Ohio, and Sakagawea for North Dakota.

However, 11 of the 100 statues depict Confederate leaders — including such notable names as Gen. Robert E. Lee and Confederacy President Jefferson Davis — representing Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. (Both of Mississippi’s statues depict Confederate leaders.)

Amid the recent momentum to take down Confederate statues across the country, …

Sponsor and status

Barbara Lee

Sponsor. Representative for California's 13th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jun 15, 2020
Length: 4 pages
Jun 15, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on June 15, 2020, 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).


73 Cosponsors (73 Democrats)



Jun 15, 2020

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H.R. 7217 (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. 7217. 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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