Posted on July 24, 2020

Senate Passes Veto-Proof Bill That Will Strip Confederate Names from Military Bases

Ebony Bowden, New York Post, July 23, 2020

The Senate on Thursday passed a $740 billion defense spending bill that includes a provision to remove the name of Confederate leaders from military bases — setting up a showdown with President Trump who is opposed to the move.

The GOP-controlled chamber overwhelming passed the legislation with a vote of 81 to 14 — well over the number required to override the presidential veto which Trump threatened to wield last month in a bid to stop the bill.

The National Defense Authorization Act includes a plan to change the names of army bases named after Confederate soldiers, such as Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Benning in Georgia, which are named after Confederate Gens. Braxton Bragg and Henry Lewis Benning.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts introduced the provision which will require the Pentagon to establish a commission to rename within the next three years all military assets named after people who fought against the Union 155 years ago.

{snip} The House on Tuesday passed the bill with a similar veto-proof bipartisan vote of 295 to 125.


Powerful allies of the president in Congress including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said he had no problem with US military bases being renamed. {snip}