The House Appropriations Committee wants to set aside money for the Army to remove the names of Confederate leaders from bases legislation unveiled on Tuesday.
The fiscal 2021 defense appropriations bill would allocate $1 million in Army operations and maintenance funds to cover expenses to rename “installations, facilities, roads, and streets” that bear Confederate names. The panel noted that the Army, which has 10 bases named for Confederates, “has the preponderance of the entities to change” should a renaming move forward.
It’s the latest turn in a battle between President Donald Trump and lawmakers over symbols that honor the Confederacy. Four bills in the House and Senate now include provisions aimed at scrubbing names and other Confederate symbols. A separate House military construction appropriations bill released this weekend bars funding for projects at Confederate-named bases unless a process is devised to rename them.
The House and Senate Armed Services committees, meanwhile, have approved defense policy legislation that would set up processes to rename bases. Trump has threatened to veto a defense bill that attempts to do so.
And, why shouldn’t he veto this bill. We don’t need to spend our defense budget on renaming all these places, which is disrespectful to or country’s history , our veterans, or military and uncalled for.
This is just a small portion of this legislation. It will cover bills for border wall spending, Pentagon programs, fighter jets, ships, personnel (a 3 percent pay increase for troops, matching the Trump administration’s request), Covid, and Ukraine.
All 12 subcommittees will approve their annual government spending bills by Wednesday. And the full Appropriations Committee is expected to advanced five of those bills by Friday. The defense bill is not among the bills set to be considered by the full committee this week.
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