Despite passing the state Senate by an overwhelming vote of 36-3 on Tuesday, a bill that would officially take down the Confederate Battle Flag — flying in front of the South Carolina State Legislature — is currently being filibustered by Republicans in the state House.
Rep. Michael Pitts (R-14) — claiming he “isn’t worried about the next election” — has stymied the debate over the bill by steering the conversation toward the “Trail of Tears” and complications in his marriage, presented by his use of hearing aids.
According to House Speaker James Lucas, the bill has six amendments left on the table, including one — introduced by Rep. Bill Herbkersman (R-118) — that will be discussed later. Rep. Pitts’ first introduced amendment was voted down earlier in the session. (RELATED: Gov. Haley Says It’s Time For The Confederate Flag To Go [VIDEO])
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