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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

US House scraps vote on Confederate flag in federal cemeteries

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US House scraps vote on Confederate flag in federal cemeteries

Officials said the legislation that included the issue would be pulled from the floor for the time being

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-controlled House has scrapped plans to vote on approving the display of the Confederate flag at Park Service-run cemeteries in the wake of furious protests from Democrats.

Officials said Thursday the legislation that included the issue would be pulled from the floor for the time being.

The decision came as Democrats accused Republicans of wanting to approve the display of a painful reminder of a racist past.

It also coincided with a vote in the South Carolina Legislature to remove the Confederate Flag from a pole outside the state capitol.

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