Josh Hawley tries to block Warren effort at stripping Confederate names from military bases

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Sen. Josh Hawley is pushing to reverse a proposal that has won bipartisan support that would force the Department of Defense to rename military bases named after Confederate figures.

Hawley, a Missouri Republican, on Wednesday introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act covering Confederate names for military bases, which would undo one passed two weeks ago by the Senate Armed Services Committee at the behest of Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts.

Warren’s measure would require that all military bases referencing Confederate officers be renamed. Hawley’s proposal would abolish that mandate and instead create a commission to hold public hearings, collect recommendations from military families and veterans, and work with state and local communities to make a proposal.

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