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S. 3957 (116th): Confederate Monument Removal Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 12, 2020 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.

Summary of this bill

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 ...



2d Session

S. 3957


June 12, 2020

(for himself, Ms. Harris, Ms. Warren, Mr. Schumer, Mr. Markey, Mr. Schatz, Mr. Brown, Mr. Blumenthal, Mr. Sanders, Mr. Bennet, Ms. Hirono, Ms. Duckworth, Ms. Klobuchar, Mr. Merkley, Mr. Van Hollen, Mr. Durbin, Mr. Coons, and Mr. Heinrich) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration


To remove all statues of individuals who voluntarily served the Confederate States of America from display in the Capitol of the United States.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Confederate Monument Removal Act.


Requirements and removal procedures



Section 1814 of the Revised Statutes (2 U.S.C. 2131) is amended by inserting (other than persons who served voluntarily with the Confederate States of America) after military services.


Statue removal procedures


In general

The Architect of the Capitol shall—


identify all statues on display in the Capitol of the United States that do not meet the requirements of section 1814 of the Revised Statutes (2 U.S.C. 2131), as amended by subsection (a); and


subject to the approval of the Joint Committee on the Library of Congress, arrange for the removal of each such statue from the Capitol by not later than 120 days after the date of enactment of this Act.


Removal and return of statues


In general

Subject to subparagraph (C), the Architect of the Capitol shall arrange to transfer and deliver any statue that is removed under this subsection to the Smithsonian Institution.


Storage or display of statues

The Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution shall follow the policies and procedures of the Smithsonian Institution, as in effect on the day before the date of enactment of this Act, regarding the storage and display of any statue transferred under subparagraph (A).


State requests

A statue provided for display by a State that is removed under this subsection shall be returned to the State, and the ownership of the statue transferred to the State, if the State so requests and agrees to pay any costs related to the transportation of the statue to the State.


Replacement of statues

A State that has a statue removed under this subsection shall be able to replace such statue in accordance with the requirements and procedures of section 1814 of the Revised Statutes (2 U.S.C. 2131) and section 311 of the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2001 (2 U.S.C. 2132).


Authorization and appropriations


In general

There are appropriated for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2020, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, $5,000,000 to carry out this section, including the costs related to the removal, transfer, security, storage, and display of the statues described in paragraph (1)(A), of which—


$2,000,000 shall be made available to the Architect of the Capitol; and


$3,000,000 shall be made available to the Smithsonian Institution.



Amounts appropriated under subparagraph (A) shall remain available until expended.