The U.S. House of Representatives has officially joined in the mass hysteria surrounding the Confederate flag.
With two voice votes on Tuesday, the House banned the selling of the flag in all stores on federal lands operated by the National Park Service and prohibited its display on graves in federal cemeteries.
The Hill reported that the vote on banning the sale of the flag came after six minutes of debate and no one spoke in opposition. Just two minutes of debate occurred before the House voted in favor of removing the flag from federal cemeteries.
Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) authored both amendments and spoke on the House floor about how the flag was a symbol of cruelty and racism.
“This House now has an opportunity to add its voice, by ending the promotion of the cruel, racist legacy of the Confederacy. While many concessionaires have agreed to do this, I am dismayed by reports that some will continue to sell items with Confederate flag imagery,” Huffman said.
"We can honor that history without celebrating the Confederate flag and all of the dreadful things that it symbolizes," Huffman continued, discussing placing the flag in federal cemeteries.
A third amendment to the Interior Department spending bill, sponsored by Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), bans the National Park Service from buying or displaying Confederate flags for all purposes except in the use of a historical context. This amendment also passed with a voice vote.
The passage of House amendments comes the day after the South Carolina Senate voted 36-3 to remove the flag from state Capitol grounds.
Major retailers including Amazon and eBay have also chosen to stop selling the Confederate flag in reaction to the Charleston shooting, even though they continue to sell the images of Nazi, communist, and socialist regimes.