Skip to main content
Publish date:

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. 

Next Up

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Woman in critical condition after being shot in the head in St. Paul

Officers responded to the incident at around 2:45 a.m. Saturday.

Alexander Mattison

Vikings-Lions: 5 things you can count on

It's a great time for the Vikings to play the Lions.


Omicron variant confirmed in Wisconsin man who traveled to South Africa

Five other cases have been confirmed and linked to a Wisconsin wedding.

Sharon Mollerus - duluth - snow plow car

Sunday snowstorm walloping MN's North Shore with huge totals

Just ridiculous snow totals expected the rest of Sunday.

Screen Shot 2021-12-05 at 6.49.03 AM

Saturday snow causes havoc on Twin Cities roads

There were countless spinouts and crashes across Minnesota.

Kirill Kaprizov

Wild win battle of NHL's hottest teams, extend winning streak to six

Kirill Kaprizov delivered a shootout winner to take down the Maple Leafs.

Eric Kendricks

Vikings downgrade Eric Kendricks to out against Lions

The Vikings have also activated Michael Pierce from injured reserve.

u.s. attorney

Minnesotan sentenced after assaulting man with baseball bat

Marshall Wayne Boshey was sentenced to 30 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release.

Target store

Target's gift card discount is back, but for this weekend only

The fine print: for Target Circle members only (but membership is free).

Screen Shot 2020-06-15 at 7.11.05 AM

Minneapolis teen arrested in St. Cloud after fleeing police in stolen vehicle

The vehicle was stolen in a car-jacking in Minneapolis Thursday.



Most of MN's U.S. House delegation vote for $2,000 payment to Americans

Six members of Minnesota's Congressional delegation voted for the measure.


Minnesota Republicans to vote against impeaching President Trump

All four of Minnesota's Republican members of Congress will oppose efforts to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time.


After failed insurrection, 2 MN Republicans still voted to block Biden win

Representatives Michelle Fischbach and Jim Hagedorn voted against certifying election results in Arizona and Pennsylvania.


U.S House passes 'For the People Act' in effort to expand voting rights

The bill now heads to the Senate, where it faces the challenge of the filibuster.


Where does the next federal COVID-19 relief package stand?

Democrats and Republicans have both put out their proposals for a second relief package, but have so far failed to reach an agreement.


All 4 MN Republicans vote against bipartisan commission into Jan. 6 insurrection

Thirty-five Republicans broke with their party and voted in favor of the legislation.

christopher columbus statue

Man charged for pulling down Columbus statue outside State Capitol

It follows an extensive investigation by the BCA and Ramsey County Attorney.

christopher columbus statue

MN lawmaker compares removal of Columbus statue to 'lynching'

State Rep. Steve Drazkowski represents House District 21B.