While there is bipartisan support for the measure, debate ahead of the vote wasn’t exactly harmonious.
The House legislation would not only replace Taney’s bust in the old Supreme Court chamber and remove statues of those who voluntarily served the Confederacy against the United States in the Civil War, but also would oust statues of three elected officials who defended slavery, segregation and White supremacy: John C. Calhoun, Charles Aycock and James P. Clarke.
Next, the real development will happen in the Senate. The GOP-controlled chamber in 2020 didn’t take up the bill, effectively killing it. Now, under the narrow Democratic Senate majority, its chances of reaching President Joe Biden’s desk and becoming law are much greater.
The Point: Thanks to bipartisan support and shifting attitudes, it appears much likelier that Confederate statues will be removed from the US Capitol this time around.