The Democratic-controlled U.S. House has voted to remove statues from the U.S. Capitol of those who upheld slavery or backed the Confederacy.
St. Louis-area Congresswoman Ann Wagner was Missouri’s only Republican U.S. House member who voted in favor of removing Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol. Springfield-area Congressman Billy Long, a fellow Republican, did not vote.
Democrats Emanuel Cleaver of Kansas City and Cori Bush of St. Louis both supported the legislation. Cleaver says he voted to “remove hate from the U.S. Capitol building.”
Southeast Missouri Congressman Jason Smith, a Republican, says Congress focusing on which statues to remove from the Capitol over how to get working-class families back to work is another example of “their skewed priorities.” The legislation heads to the U.S. Senate for consideration.