Confederate statues would be removed from national parks in Gettysburg, elsewhere under Minn. lawmaker’s bill

GETTYSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA - AUGUST 11: A statue of Union Major General Henry Warner Slocum stands on Stevens Knoll at the Gettysburg National Military Park on August 11, 2020 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The park is one of the places that President Donald Trump is considering to give his acceptance speech for the Republican nomination later this month. Trump was originally scheduled to accept his renomination in Charlotte, North Carolina, the location of the Republican National Convention, but moved his speech in June to Jacksonville, Florida, to try to skirt safety requirements like social distancing and mask-wearing that were put in place to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). In July, he pulled the convention out of Jacksonville as COVID-19 cases surged in Florida. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON —  A Democratic member of Congress from Minnesota is gaining traction with her push to force the federal government to get rid of Confederate statues and memorials in national parks, as as opposition to the public display of Confederate symbols grows.

U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn, who leads the House subcommittee that oversees spending for the Interior Department, included language in the agency’s fiscal 2021 spending bill that would require the National Park Service to remove from public view all Confederate statues, monuments and plaques.