Senate Passes Bill to Recognize Juneteenth as Official Holiday

Brenda Watkins
June 17, 2021

The measure passed with unanimous consent, without a roll call vote or objections from the chamber.

Lawmakers in House rushed to pass the legislation on Wednesday with an eye on the calendar.

Juneteenth is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States. That was also about two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves in the Southern states.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) described how Union Maj.

The Juneteenth National Independence Day Act heads to the House for approval. It's a somber reminder of the original sin of slavery that our nation inherited from colonial powers. "This is an effort by the Left to create a day out of whole cloth to celebrate identity politics as part of its large effort to make Critical Race Theory the reigning ideology of our country".

An attempt to pass the bill previous year foundered when Senator Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican, objected to the cost of adding another federal holiday to the calendar. Johnson noted that he has supported resolutions recognizing the significance of Juneteenth, but he was concerned the new holiday would give federal employees another day off at a cost of about $600 million per year.

The bill was only able to pass after Sen.

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Johnson backed down this week, although he noted in a statement Tuesday that he still objects to the "cost and lack of debate".

"While it still seems unusual that having taxpayers provide federal employees paid time off is now required to celebrate the end of slavery, it is clear that there is no appetite in Congress to further discuss the matter", Johnson said.

In a statement, Markey said the USA has "failed to acknowledge, address, and come to grips with our nation's original sin of slavery". "It is long past time to make Juneteenth a federal holiday".

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) speaks during a ceremony in Tulsa, Okla., on May 31, 2021.

The bipartisan bill, authored by Democratic Sen. It has been a state holiday in Texas for 40 years, and at this time another 46 states and the District of Columbia celebrate it in some way on the state level.

"Now more than ever, we need to learn from our history and continue to form a more flawless union", he said. Roughly 2,000 Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas, announcing enslaved Black Americans were free, and the day came to be known as Juneteenth by the newly freed people.

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