House GOP In Full Retreat From Confederate Flag

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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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