The Senate Armed Services Committee, which is led by Republicans on Wednesday, June 11, approved an amendment introduced by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to rename several military bases named after Confederate leaders.
The amendment was passed by a voice vote in the committee’s close-door meeting on the National Defense Authorization Act, giving the Defense Department three years to remove the names of Confederate generals from U.S. military assets.
As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I filed an amendment to the annual defense bill last week to rename all bases named for Confederate generals. It’s long past time to end the tribute to white supremacy on our military installations. https://t.co/eP6ktRWK8C
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) June 9, 2020
The vote came as President Donald Trump said Wednesday that his administration “will not even consider” renaming 10 American military bases named after Confederate generals.
“It has been suggested that we should rename as many as 10 of our Legendary Military Bases, such as Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Fort Hood in Texas, Fort Benning in Georgia, etc. These Monumental and very Powerful Bases have become part of a Great American Heritage, and a history of Winning, Victory, and Freedom,” President Trump wrote.
“The United States of America trained and deployed our HEROES on these Hallowed Grounds, and won two World Wars. Therefore, my Administration will not even consider the renaming of these Magnificent and Fabled Military Installations,” he continued. “Our history as the Greatest Nation in the World will not be tampered with. Respect our Military!”
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said during a press conference on Wednesday that the president will not sign the defense policy bill if it mandated changing the names of the bases.
“Fort Bragg, for example, it’s one of the largest military installations. It’s home to tens of thousands of brave American soldiers, and when you think of Fort Bragg, we think of the brave soldiers that deployed from there,” McEnany said.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) said he voted against Warren’s amendment while House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) signaled his openness to renaming the 10 bases that are named after Confederate military officers.
THOSE THAT DENY THEIR HISTORY ARE DOOMED TO REPEAT IT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 11, 2020