House Speaker Paul Ryan tells his Republican party members they’d better get used to “taking tough votes,” such as one to ban the Confederate flag at historic cemeteries controlled by the federal government.
In a roll-call vote, the House voted 265 to 159 to block descendants of Confederate veterans from flying the historic banner over mass graves even on the days when flags have been permitted in the past.
Democrats hailed the move as a strike against “racism, slavery and division, as Ryan warned opponents that they are just going to have to “take it” when votes don’t go their way.
Speaker Ryan seemed to insist that the issue wasn’t important enough for Republicans to fight for.
“People are going to have to take tough votes,” Ryan said at a press conference. He went on to say that the issue wasn’t as important as his budget plan saying “the last thing we should do is derail our own appropriations process” by getting too contentious over banning the historic symbol at national cemeteries.
The amendment, introduced on Wednesday night by Rep. Jared Huffma (D-CA), aimed to ban the flag from being flown on flag poles at federally controlled cemeteries. Families would still be allowed to place miniature flags on individual graves…