President Donald Trump signed into law a bill Tuesday that would prohibit the construction of any monument to Confederate statues at the U.S. Capitol.
The House passed the bill, known as the Civil War-era Statute of Congress, by a vote of 232-205, with the Senate having yet to take a vote on it.
The bill will now go to Trump for his signature.
The White House has said that it has no plans to change the name of the Capitol, which is named for Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
The new law was drafted by Republican Congressman Steve King, who said he wanted to show the American people that history is never over and that they can keep the statues up.
The legislation, which was sponsored by Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, would ban any federal funding or use of federal resources for the erection of any statue or monument to Lee, who was the second-in-command of the Confederate Army during the Civil Wars.
It also would prohibit any public official from entering or remaining in the Capitol grounds during the day.
The measure also bans any public or private activities in or around the Capitol that violate the statue ban, including “any display or use by any person of a monument or other representation of any historical figure that represents the Confederacy.”
The new bill also prevents the sale or display of any monuments to Lee or other statues of Confederate military figures or symbols.