Lawmakers consider spending $1 million to strip all Confederate names from US Army bases

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  • House lawmakers are attempting to allocate $US1 million in a defence spending bill to rename US Army bases that honour Confederate leaders during the Civil War.
  • Ten US Army bases across the US are named after Confederate leaders.
  • President Donald Trump previously threatened to scuttle plans for the defence bill if it included language that would rename the military bases.
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House lawmakers are attempting to allocate $US1 million in a defence spending bill to rename US Army bases that honour Confederate leaders during the Civil War.

The total $US695 billion bill, one of a dozen scheduled to be considered by House Appropriations subcommittees this week, includes provisions that would allocate one million dollars “for expenses for the renaming of Army installations, facilities, roads, and streets named after confederate leaders and officers.”

Ten US Army bases across the US are named after Confederate leaders, including the infamous Fort Bragg in North Carolina, named after Confederate general Braxton Bragg; and Fort Benning in Georgia, which is named after Gen. Henry Benning. Countless roads and streets within US bases are named with military themes in mind.

“This bill builds upon the efforts the Committee undertook last year regarding the morale and quality of life issues of those in uniform, their families, [Defence Department] civilians, and defence communities,” Democratic Rep. Peter Visclosky of Indiana said in a statement.

While the national campaign to rename the Army bases has been ongoing for several years, the Black Lives Matter movement and George Floyd protests have fuelled the effort in recent weeks. A different House Appropriations subcommittee earlier in July released its own provisions for the next fiscal year, which would deny funding for new construction projects on bases “bearing the name of a confederate officer, except in the case that a process to replace such names has been initiated.”

A bipartisan group of lawmakers from both the House and Senate Armed Services Committees have agreed to debate on making the changes within one or three years. Pentagon leaders are already taking steps to strip Confederacy-linked themes from its military bases, including the ban of the Confederate flag, according to multiple news reports.

President Donald Trump has threatened to scuttle plans for the defence bill if it included language that would rename the military bases.

“I will Veto the Defence Authorization Bill if the Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren (of all people!) Amendment, which will lead to the renaming (plus other bad things!) of Fort Bragg, Fort Robert E. Lee, and many other Military Bases from which we won Two World Wars, is in the Bill!,” Trump tweeted on June 30.

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