House GOP In Full Retreat From Confederate Flag

Confederate battle flags fly outside the museum at the Confederate Memorial Park in Mountain Creek, Ala., Tuesday, July 19, 2011. More than 60,000 Confederate veterans came home to Alabama after the Civil War, and re... Confederate battle flags fly outside the museum at the Confederate Memorial Park in Mountain Creek, Ala., Tuesday, July 19, 2011. More than 60,000 Confederate veterans came home to Alabama after the Civil War, and residents are still paying a tax that supported them 150 years after the fighting began. The tax now pays for the park, which is located on the same 102-acre tract where elderly veterans used to stroll. The tax once brought in millions for Confederate pensions, but lawmakers sliced up the levy and sent money elsewhere as the men and their wives died. No one has seriously challenged the continued use of the money for a memorial to the ?Lost Cause,? although a long-serving black legislator wants to eliminate state funding for the park. (AP Photo/Dave Martin) MORE LESS
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Updated at 11:54 a.m. on Jul 9th

House Republicans have cancelled the Thursday vote on the Interior spending bill to avoid debating a hastily-called amendment to the bill that would have allowed the display of Confederate flags on federal lands.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) confirmed on Thursday that the House would suspend debate on the Interior spending bill until members sort out the amendments related to the Confederate flag.

“That bill is gonna sit in abeyance until we come to some resolution on this,” Boehner said of the Confederate flag amendments.

The vote had been announced Wednesday evening in response to amendments to the bill passed by the House on Tuesday that restrict the display of the Confederate flags on certain public lands.

Politico’s Jake Sherman first reported that the vote was cancelled.

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  1. Avatar for agio agio says:

    Fucking clowns can’t even run the House when they own it.

  2. The vote has been rescheduled for after members return from the Grand Wizard Luncheon and horseshoe throwing competition in Lafayette Park.

  3. MorE libTARDOBstrUCtion AND deLAY tactICS FROM SLAve-LOVIng DEMONrats TO STYMIE THE PArtY OF LINCOLN frOM RIDDIng FEderaL LANDs OF COnfederaTE flaGS!111!one!!!1!!!

  4. Let the chaos and panic multiply!

  5. Oh come now, I think a House vote on the Interior Bill with that nice little poison pill is exactly what the United States electorate needs. Perhaps they could delay the vote until this time next year, hmmmm?

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