A new funding bill would prevent military construction funds from being used for projects on installations named after Confederate generals from the Civil War, the latest effort by House lawmakers to address the Confederacy’s legacy in the military. The bill would prevent any funds from being “obligated, expended or used to construct a project located on a military installation bearing the name of a Confederate officer, except in the case that a process to replace such names has been initiated,” according to a provision in the fiscal year 2021 appropriations bill from a subpanel of the House Appropriations Committee. The issue of military bases named after Confederate generals reemerged amid antiracism and police brutality protests following the death of George Floyd by Minneapolis, Minnesota, police May 25. Legislation introduced in the House and Senate has sought to create a process and timeline to remove Confederacy-related names from 10 Army bases, as well as other military assets and property, including two Navy ships. Stars and Stripes first reported this event.
- Written by Jeff Thompson