Pentagon to Erase Remnants of Confederacy Under Defense Bill

U.S. military bases bearing the names of Confederate generals, in an echo of societal upheaval over race and racism, would be renamed under the $741 billion defense authorization measure the House Armed Services Committee approved last night. The annual defense authorization measure reflects a unique time in U.S. society shaken by the coronavirus pandemic and unrest over racial inequalities. It sets up a clash with Trump, who opposes renaming military bases.

“We have to come to terms with our history and understand why this was done and what that represents to a lot of people and correct that,” Adam Smith (D-Wash.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said about Confederate base names. “This is clear cut, this should not be. This does not have a place and the downside far outweighs any upside of maintaining them.”

The panel adopted the defense measure by a vote of 56-0. The bill authorizes paying U.S. troops in harm’s way, elevating it to must-pass legislation. The measure has become law 59 years in a row.

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