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Clyburn Slams Confederate Flag Amendment

By JM Rieger and Tamar Hallerman and Lauren Gardner

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Hours ahead of a vote on the fiscal 2016 Interior-Environment spending bill, Rep. James E. Clyburn of South Carolina joined a chorus of Democrats Thursday lambasting an amendment to the legislation permitting Confederate flag imagery on graves on federal land in some circumstances. “I’m calling upon all of my colleagues who come to this floor this afternoon to remember that it was on this date in 1868 that South Carolina … was the state that gave the votes necessary to ratify the 14th Amendment,” Clyburn said. GOP leadership later Thursday morning canceled votes on the bill.

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