The House approved a Democratic proposal on Thursday to limit the display of the Confederate flag in national cemeteries.
The amendment to a spending bill for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and military construction projects passed 265-159. A total of 158 Republicans opposed the amendment from Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), while 84 Republicans joined all but one Democrat in supporting it.
Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.), a centrist who is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, was the only Democrat to vote against the amendment. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) voted “present.”
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) expressed support for allowing the vote despite opposition from a majority of his conference.
“Last year it stopped the appropriations process in its tracks,” he told reporters at a Capitol news conference after the vote.
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