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House Republicans rejected a measure that would remove the Confederate flag from the Citadel military college in Charleston, S.C., on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the racially motivated shooting at the city’s Emanuel A.M.E. Church.

“Again, House Republicans stood on the wrong side of history by voting to protect a symbol of hate and discrimination,” Jermaine House of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said in a statement. “By voting to allow for military personnel to be trained under the Confederate Flag, House Republicans proved how perfectly aligned they are with their presumptive nominee Donald Trump’s discriminatory and racially insensitive agenda.”

Democrats attempted to use a procedural loophole—a motion to recommit—during debate on the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017 to push through an amendment that would address the continuing display of the divisive symbol at the Citadel.

The amendment, introduced by Congressional Black Caucus member Rep. James Clyburn, would have cut federal funds for ROTC programs at any institution that displays the Confederate battle flag in a location other than a museum exhibit. The measure was struck down by a partisan vote of 181-243.

“This objectionable banner, which was never the official flag of the Confederacy, is a symbol of hate, racial oppression, resistance to the rule of law, and White supremacy,” the South Carolina Democrat said in arguments for the amendment. “Any doubt as to the flag’s meaning was erased by the perpetrator of the horrific shootings at Emanuel AME Church. This flag must come down.”

Clyburn also deemed the Citadel’s symbolic vote to remove the flag from its campus chapel a “hollow gesture.”

Shortly after self-proclaimed White supremacist Dylann Roof shot and killed nine congregants during a prayer service at Emanuel on June 17, 2015, the Citadel announced that its board had voted 9-3 to remove the Confederate symbol from its Summerall Chapel to another location.

One of the victims was a Citadel Graduate College alumnus, and six of the school’s employees lost family members in the shooting.

“The Board of Visitors and I believe now is the right time to move the flag from a place of worship to an appropriate location,” Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa said at the time. “The move will require an amendment to the Heritage Act by the South Carolina legislature the board’s motion authorizes to work with the legislature on the amendment.”

Almost a year later, however, the offensive symbol continues to fly on the military campus.