U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla., got their proposal to honor former U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O’Connor with statues in Capitol Hill has cleared Congress and is now headed to President Joe Biden’s desk.
The proposal cleared the U.S. Senate without opposition in December. The U.S. House passed the measure on a 349-63 vote. All the opposition came from the Republican ranks including U.S. Reps. Kat Cammack, Byron Donalds, Scott Franklin, Matt Gaetz, Brian Mast, Bill Posey and Greg Steube from Florida. Almost 20 members of the House did not vote including U.S. Rep. John Rutherford, R-Fla.
“Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O’Connor were trailblazers long before reaching the Supreme Court, opening doors for women at a time when so many insisted on keeping them shut. The Capitol is our most recognizable symbol of democracy, a place where people from across our country have their voices represented and heard. It is only fitting that we honor their remarkable lives and service to our country by establishing statues in the Capitol. Now that this bill has passed the House, I look forward to it being signed into law,” Klobuchar said after the bill cleared the House this week.
“The U.S. Capitol is the symbol of our democracy, and millions of tourists from around the country and the world pass have passed through these halls. Yet, shockingly, only 14 of 266 of the statues that line the halls of Congress are of women,” said Frankel. “As we celebrate the end of Women’s History Month, today is an exciting day to honor two history-making American women. Justices O’Connor and Ginsburg faced undeniable gender discrimination throughout their entire academic and professional careers, yet they never backed down. Through incredible persistence, dedication, and courage, they left their marks on history, and I look forward to seeing their statues in the Capitol where they will continue to inspire elected officials, visitors, and our children for future generations.”
Biden is expected to sign the bill into law.
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