Palazzo not happy with move to ban Confederate flag in federal cemeteries

The Coast’s congressman disagrees with a House vote that could ban the display of Confederate flags at historic federal cemeteries in the Deep South.

The low-profile move came Tuesday evening after a brief debate on a measure funding the National Park Service, which maintains 14 national cemeteries, most of which contain graves of Civil War soldiers.

Rep. Steven Palazzo said he doesn’t like the amendment on the flag or the way it was handled.

“I strongly oppose the inclusion of this amendment, which was slipped into the bill in the dead of night with no debate,” he said in an emailed statement. “Congress cannot simply rewrite history and strip the Confederate flag from existence. Members of Congress from New York and California cannot wipe away 150 years of Southern history with sleight-of-hand tactics. I will fight to ensure that this language is not included in any bill signed into law.”