The Republican leader in the House of Representatives proposes to deprive Federal aid to local authorities that will not protect the monument.
House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy on Thursday introduced a bill limiting Federal aid to States and municipalities that will not protect monuments from destruction during riots.
“Erasing our history is wrong,” McCarthy said.
Under the bill, co-sponsored by Republicans Jim Jordan and Sam graves, local governments will lose part of Federal-aid if “they do not restore order or arrest rioters.”
During the protests that erupted over the murder of African-American George Floyd, some demonstrators began to destroy monuments to historical figures that owned slaves or fought for the Confederacy.
Democrats in the House of Representatives are pushing a bill to demolish monuments to slave owners and politicians who supported slavery.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday said that the bill could be passed in the coming weeks.