South Carolina House opens debate over confederate flag

Protesters hold a sign during a rally to take down the Confederate flag at the South Carolina Statehouse, Tuesday, June 23, 2015 in Columbia. People from several southern states have protested placing the flag and Confederate icons on state grounds after last week’s shooting in Charleston, South Carolina that left nine black parishioners dead at the hands from a self-proclaimed white supremacist. (Rainier Ehrhardt/AP)

(NBC News) Round two of the fight to pull down the Confederate flag outside the South Carolina State House continued Wednesday as a measure passed in the Senate took its turn in the House of the General Assembly, where there has been some resistance.

Republican Mike Pitts began the challenge to the measure that passed quickly and overwhelmingly in the upper chamber.

“I think there are serious problems with the Senate’s bill as a whole,” Pitts said, introducing a string of amendments to alter or at least stall the legislation, with some some calling the tactic a “filibuster by amendment.”

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