Pelosi's request of a special House-Senate board came on a day of fast moving events related to the Civil War, as President Donald Trump declared that he would ignore any Pentagon move to rename military bases named after Confederate soldiers, going against the wishes of the Army, and some in his own party in Congress.
The move from the House Speaker also came as NASCAR announced it would no longer allow Confederate flags to be displayed at racing events.
The call to remove Confederate statues from the Capitol is not new - black lawmakers asked for that in 2017 after violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and other calls have come through the years as well.
Asked about the statue of Stephens in 2015, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) turned cold.
"I want to see it go," Lewis told me off the House floor. "I don't like taking young people on a tour and telling them that this was the Vice President of the Confederacy."
"We have to get our own house in order," Lewis added. "We have to have a cleansing in this place."
Each state sends two statues to the Capitol, and the choices are certainly a window into the wishes of that state.
They include Robert E. Lee from Virginia, which was sent to the Capitol in 1909. Alabama has Confederate officer Joseph Wheeler, sent in 1925. North Carolina has a Confederate soldier sent in 1916.