Republican lawmaker seeks ban on foreign flags in session after Democrats breach decorum

By Jen Krausz on
 April 22, 2024

Republican lawmakers led by Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL) are seeking to ban displays of foreign flags from the House chamber after Democrats triumphantly waved Ukrainian flags amid the passage of an aid bill to Ukraine. 

“Watching American representatives pass out & wave Ukrainian flags in the United States House of Representatives chamber infuriated me,” Cammack said on X. “If there is one room in our country that should only have the American flag present, it is this room.”

The House is in recess until April 29, but Cammack said her office was drafting the text "as we speak."

Several Republican lawmakers were visibly upset about the display.

"Not normal times"

Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL) told Democrats to “put those damn flags away” during the vote.

Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) reprimanded them as well.

“These are not normal times here in the House or around the world as we all know,” Johnson said. “I just want to say simply what I think most people around the country understand and agree, we should only wave one flag on the House floor. And I think we know which flag that is.”

The bill is likely to have several co-sponsors if and when it does make it to the floor, based on comments made by other Republicans.

“Shouldn’t have any other flag but the American flag on the House floor,” Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN) said. “That’s ridiculous. … It’s inappropriate. It’s just lack of order.”

Some Republicans angry over aid bill

Other Republicans were more interested in blasting Johnson for allowing the vote on the $90 billion aid package to Ukraine, Israel and other foreign powers in the first place without getting approval for securing the U.S. border.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) filed a motion for Johnson's removal.

“I don’t care if the speaker’s office becomes a revolving door,” Taylor Greene said after the vote.

Johnson may have to rely on Democrat support to stay in power, something Democrats previously offered for Johnson allowing a vote on the bill.

For now, Johnson is probably safe in the Speaker role, which is a good thing for Republicans if they want to maintain their majority after the election.

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