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Politics GOP Sen. Grassley: Congress may override Trump veto on removing Confederate names from military bases

02:06  07 july  2020
02:06  07 july  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

Confederate flag losing prominence 155 years after Civil War

  Confederate flag losing prominence 155 years after Civil War Long a symbol of pride to some and hatred to others, the Confederate battle flag is losing its place of official prominence 155 years after rebellious Southern states lost a war to perpetuate slavery. Mississippi's Republican-controlled Legislature voted Sunday to remove the Civil War emblem from the state flag, a move that was both years in the making and notable for its swiftness amid a national debate over racial inequality following the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota. Mississippi's was the last state flag to include the design.

GOP Sen . John Kennedy of Louisiana, whose home state has military installations with Confederate names And the lone black Senate Republican, Tim Scott, told CNN that he hasn't "given it much thought," when asked if he supports removal of Confederate leader names from military bases .

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he opposes any effort by the US military to rename the nearly one dozen major bases and installations that bear the names of Confederate military commanders.

DES MOINES – A senior Republican senator and staunch ally of President Donald Trump said Monday that Congress would "probably override" a veto if the president decided to veto a Congressional plan to rename military bases named after Confederate leaders.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Republican Senator Chuck Grassley speaks at the Iowa GOP's Lincoln-Reagan Dinner at the Downtown Marriott on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 in Des Moines. The special guest of the night was U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham. © Brian Powers/The Register Republican Senator Chuck Grassley speaks at the Iowa GOP's Lincoln-Reagan Dinner at the Downtown Marriott on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 in Des Moines. The special guest of the night was U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, made the comments Monday on a call with reporters when discussing an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would remove the names of Confederate leaders from military assets within three years.

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An effort to remove the names of Confederate leaders from military bases is gaining traction with Her proposal, approved by a GOP -led committee, appoints a commission to develop a plan to carry Trump tweeted on Wednesday that he "will not even consider" renaming bases . His red line came

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Trump has threatened to veto the spending bill if it contains the amendment.

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"I would hope he wouldn’t veto it just based on that," Grassley said of Trump.

Grassley raised the possibility that the issue of renaming bases could be considered separately from the full defense spending bill but said he believes Congress has the votes to override a presidential veto if it comes to that.

"If it came to overriding a veto, we'd probably override the veto," he said.

The senator's comments are an unusual divergence from the president inside a Republican party that has typically stuck by him. It comes as the general election is only months away, and the party would typically want to head into its August convention with a united front.

House Armed Services votes to make Pentagon rename Confederate-named bases in a year

  House Armed Services votes to make Pentagon rename Confederate-named bases in a year The House Armed Services Committee has approved an amendment to the annual defense policy bill that would require the Pentagon to strip Confederate names from bases and other property within one year. © Getty Images House Armed Services votes to make Pentagon rename Confederate-named bases in a year The amendment, offered by Reps. Anthony Brown (D-Md.) and Don Bacon (R-Neb.), was approved 33-23 as the committee considers its version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

President Donald Trump threatened on Wednesday to veto a national defense bill the Senate is currently considering if an amendment from Sen . Elizabeth Warren to rename military bases honoring the Confederacy is not removed .

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Trump has issued eight vetoes during his presidency, and none have overridden by Congress.

The calls to rename U.S. military bases named for Confederate military commanders have gained steam amid nationwide protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

More: Some Republicans split with Trump, support removing Confederate statues and renaming military bases

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also said last month he'd also be "OK" changing Confederate names of bases.

"There shouldn’t be a knee-jerk reaction to renaming bases," Grassley said Monday. "And I imagine that in my lifetime, there’s been a lot of bases that have had their names changed. I’m not aware of it. But the extent to which it’s a thoughtful process and not a knee-jerk reaction, I wouldn’t have any objection to it."

‘We’ve finally come to grips with our history’: Key Senate Dem defends renaming of military bases

  ‘We’ve finally come to grips with our history’: Key Senate Dem defends renaming of military bases Sen. Jack Reed said the time has come.“I think we’ve finally come to grips with our history, and we’ve come to grips with it in the appropriate way,” the Rhode Island Democrat told “Fox News Sunday,” adding that the effort “wasn’t a Republican initiative or Democratic initiative” and had emerged from the Armed Services Committee “on a bipartisan basis.

Ahead of a Fourth of July holiday unlike any other, presidential historian Michael Beschloss joins Andrea Mitchell to discuss the effect of the pandemic on the American public and President Trump 's leadership, and the president’s threat to veto the national defense spending bill over an amendment

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The Black Lives Matter protests have resulted in legislation in many states and communities to change police practices and to remove racist symbols from businesses and public sites, such as statues honoring the leaders of the Confederacy. In some cases, protesters have also toppled statues of Confederate leaders or other historical U.S. leaders who owned slaves.

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U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, also an Iowa Republican, supported the amendment in a U.S. Armed Services Committee vote last month.

Ernst said then that she understood “there will be opposition to it” but “it is a discussion that we absolutely need to have.”

Ernst was one of four Senate Republicans in competitive elections on the Senate Armed Services Committee, which approved the amendment by voice vote, including Sens. Tom Tillis of North Carolina, David Perdue of Georgia, and Martha McSally of Arizona.

DOD mulling ban on Confederate flag at all US bases: reports

  DOD mulling ban on Confederate flag at all US bases: reports The Pentagon is working on a policy that would ban the display of Confederate flags at military bases, according to multiple reports on Monday.The draft policy, if put into effect, would ban the flag's display in Department of Defense (DOD) workplaces or public areas by service members and civilian personnel, the Associated Press reported.And CNN reported that military legal personnel are reviewing how such a department-wide ban can be carried out, and that a decision will come soon.Pentagon officials declined to comment to The Hill on such a draft.

Defying Trump , the Republican-led Senate Armed Services Committee voted to require the Department of Defense to rename military bases named after

The president tweeted Wednesday that he was against the idea of removing Confederate names from U.S. Army bases .

Contributing: Maureen Groppe, David Jackson

Stephen Gruber-Miller covers the Iowa Statehouse and politics for the Register. He can be reached by email at sgrubermil@registermedia.com or by phone at 515-284-8169. Follow him on Twitter at @sgrubermiller.

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Pentagon leaders say they're evaluating whether to remove Confederate symbols from military bases .
Pentagon leadership said Thursday that a process is under way to evaluate the potential removal of Confederate symbols from U.S. military installations. The move falls out of step with President Donald Trump, who said last month that his administration would "not even consider" such an action. A push to take the names of the Confederate general leaders off of U.S military bases has gained renewed force after the Memorial Day death of George Floyd, a black man, after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. © Provided by CNBC Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen.

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