In a sign of patriotic good sense, Rep. Kristi Noem voted yesterday for an amendment to the Veterans Affairs and military construction bill that would ban flying the traitor Confederate flag over national cemeteries. Rep. Noem was among 84 Republicans and 181 Democrats who supported the amendment from Democratic Rep. Jared Huffman of California.
In South Dakota, the amendment would prohibit display of the Confederate flag at the Hot Springs, Fort Meade, and Black Hills national cemeteries operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Cemetery Administration.
According to Huffman’s office, the amendment does not apply to cemeteries operated by the Army, the Interior Department, or the states. It also does not prohibit families from placing small traitor banners on individual graves.
Rep. Noem weighed in against official displays of the Confederate flag three years ago, when she said traitor flags displayed at the Hot Springs VA hospital could “jeopardize” the VA’s ability to offer patients a comforting and welcoming health care environment. The flags in question were removed in May 2013.