Gov. Nikki Haley, R-S.C., delivers the Republican rebuttal to President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address.
Hours after Republicans pulled a fiscal 2016 Interior-Environment spending bill over an amendment permitting Confederate flag imagery on graves on federal land, lawmakers again found themselves scrambling on the House floor.
Following a failed vote to adjourn the House in protest over the Confederate flag amendment, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi offered a resolution to remove any state flag containing the Confederate flag from House grounds, which Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy quickly moved to refer to the House Administration Committee.
House Republicans are pulling the Interior-Environment appropriations bill amid a growing public relations storm over votes on the Confederate battle flag and concerns the bill won't pass.
Speaker John A. Boehner confirmed to reporters Thursday, during his weekly on-camera news conference, that the appropriations bill was being pulled so the "adult" members of Congress could sit down and have a conversation about how to deal with the Confederate flag.
Hours ahead of a vote on the fiscal 2016 Interior-Environment spending bill, Rep. James E. Clyburn of South Carolina joined a chorus of Democrats Thursday lambasting an amendment to the legislation permitting Confederate flag imagery on graves on federal land in some circumstances.
“I’m calling upon all of my colleagues who come to this floor this afternoon to remember that it was on this date in 1868 that South Carolina … was the state that gave the votes necessary to ratify the 14th Amendment,” Clyburn said.
Senate Chaplain Barry Black took a moment to praise the South Carolina state government Thursday morning, after it voted to remove the Confederate battle flag from the state capitol grounds.
"Guide us with your powerful hands," Black, the first black Senate chaplain, said in his opening prayer. "And Lord we praise you for the courage of the South Carolina legislature."