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U.S. House votes to remove Confederate statues from U.S. Capitol, 2 Minnesota Republicans vote against

Six members of Minnesota's Congressional delegation, including two Republicans, voted in favor of removing the statues.

The House on Tuesday voted to remove statues depicting Confederate figures from the U.S. Capitol, with two Republicans from Minnesota among those voting against removal.

The U.S. House voted 285-120 to remove the statues, with Reps. Angie Craig (D), Tom Emmer (R), Betty McCollum (D), Dean Phillips (D), Ilhan Omar (D) and Pete Stauber (R) voting favor.

But Minnesota's 1st and 7th District Reps. Jim Hagedorn and Michelle Fischbach voted against the bill.

Among the statues specifically listed in the bill is the bust of former Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney in the old Supreme Court chambers in the Capitol.

Taney wrote the decision in Dred Scott v. Sandford, which determined African Americans were not citizens and could not sue in federal court.

“While the removal of Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney’s bust from the United States Capitol does not relieve the Congress of the historical wrongs it committed to protect the institution of slavery, it expresses Congress’s recognition of one of the most notorious wrongs to have ever taken place in one of its rooms, that of Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney’s Dred Scott v. Sandford decision,” the bill reads.

The legislation also calls for the removal of statues of Charles Brantley Aycock, John Caldwell Calhoun and James Paul Clarke, all supporters of slavery. The statues must be removed within 45 days of the bill’s authorization.

In Minnesota, Calhoun’s name was also removed from what is now Lake Bde Maka Ska and much of the nearby signage.

But the bill does face challenges in the Republican-controlled Senate. According to NPR, a similar bill passed the House last year, only to die without support from the Senate. 

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