Eugene Scott, CNN, August 17, 2017
Sen. Cory Booker plans to introduce a bill to remove statues from the US Capitol honoring Confederate soldiers.
“I will be introducing a bill to remove Confederate statues from the US Capitol building. This is just one step. We have much work to do,” the New Jersey Democrat tweeted Wednesday.
There are at least 10 Confederate statues in the Capitol, distributed between the Hall of Columns, the Capitol Visitor Center and other locations, most notably Statuary Hall, where each state chooses two statues to be on display.
When asked about the inclusion of Confederate statues in the Capitol, Doug Andres, a spokesman for House Speaker Paul Ryan said “These are decisions for those states to make.” CNN has also reached out to the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and has not yet received a response.
Booker’s communications director said that the senator will introduce the bill after Labor Day, as the Senate is currently on recess.
Centered in the Deep South but stretching from California to Massachusetts, roughly 1,500 Confederate symbols still exist on public land.
Roughly half of those symbols — 718 of them as of last year — are monuments and statues. Three in four of them were built before 1950, but at least one in 10 of them were dedicated during the civil rights movement or since the year 2000.