U.S. House Minority Leader Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is calling on Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to immediately remove Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol.

Related: Gov. McAuliffe Encourages Virginia to Remove Confederate Monuments

The minority leader released a statement Tuesday, saying, “The Confederate statues in the halls of Congress have always been reprehensible.”

Read the full text of the statement below:

“The halls of Congress are the very heart of our democracy. The statues in the Capitol should embody our highest ideals as Americans, expressing who we are and who we aspire to be as a nation.

“The Confederate statues in the halls of Congress have always been reprehensible. If Republicans are serious about rejecting white supremacy, I call upon Speaker Ryan to join Democrats to remove the Confederate statues from the Capitol immediately.

“Under the leadership of Democrats in Congress, we have recognized more women and people of color in Congress’s collection of statues, including Rosa Parks, Sojourner Truth and Helen Keller. As Speaker, we relocated Robert E. Lee out of a place of honor in National Statuary Hall – a place now occupied by the statue of Rosa Parks.

“There is no room for celebrating the violent bigotry of the men of the Confederacy in the hallowed halls of the United States Capitol or in places of honor across the country.”

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