Tenn. GOP congressional reps. vote against resolution to remove Confederate statues
(Mike Osborne) -- A total of 67 Republicans joined 218 Democrats in the U.S. House on Tuesday to pass a resolution calling for the removal of Confederate statues from the Capitol Rotunda.
Tennessee’s GOP Congressional Reps were not among them.
Democratic Reps. Jim Cooper and Steven Cohen voted in favor of the measure. Six Tennessee Representatives voted no, with a seventh not voting.
Following the vote, mid-state Republican Scott DesJarlais took to social media to say “I voted against another leftist-led initiative to remove an additional batch of historical statues in Congress.”
Memphis Democrat Steve Cohen commented “Today, we voted to end the veneration of traitors and remove symbols of slavery and white supremacy from our Capitol.”
Tennessee’s entry in the Capitol Rotunda collection is a statue of Revolutionary War hero John Sevier. Sevier was a plantation owner, an original trustee of what is today the University of Tennessee, and the state’s first governor.
An earlier version of this same resolution failed to pass in a previous congressional session, thanks to resistance in the U.S. Senate. This week’s renewed House resolution also faces an uncertain future in the Senate.