House passes bill to make juneteenth a federal excursion

The senate unanimously voted for the measure tuesday. The invoice now heads to president joe biden's desk, and democrats


The house voted overwhelmingly wednesday to make juneteenth a countrywide federal excursion, 415-14, and democrats wish president joe biden will sign the degree into law via saturday.

The june 19 holiday commemorating the cease of slavery in the u.S. Is already celebrated as a nation or ceremonial vacation in 47 states and the district of columbia. While the measure is signed into law, june 19 becomes the us of a's eleventh federal excursion.

The residence invoice's sponsor, sheila jackson lee, d-texas, stated it is "been a protracted adventure," however "we're here."

"juneteenth equals freedom and freedom is what the usa is about!" she tweeted. Jackson lee said she and democratic leaders plan to send the regulation to biden's desk with the aid of this juneteenth.

Before the vote, house speaker nancy pelosi, d-calif., stated it changed into "an exciting, historic day," one which changed into overdue.

The invoice had sturdy bipartisan backing in each the house and the senate, but one of the "no" votes, rep. Matt rosendale, r-mont., said he could name "an ace an ace."

"this is an attempt by means of the left to create a day out of whole cloth to celebrate identity politics as a part of its large efforts to make essential race principle the reigning ideology of our united states of america," he stated in a announcement.

Sen. John cornyn, r-texas, a co-sponsor of the rules, quote-tweeted rosendale's declaration, calling it "kooky."

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All 14 of the no votes have been republicans: rosendale, andrew clyde of georgia, paul gosar and andy biggs of arizona, mo brooks and mike rogers of alabama, thomas massie of kentucky, ralph norman of south carolina, tom mcclintock and doug lamalfa of california, tom tiffany of wisconsin, scott desjarlais of tennessee and ronny jackson and chip roy of texas.

The juneteenth excursion — formally referred to as juneteenth independence day within the bill — has also been known as emancipation day and black independence day.

The vacation honors the stop of slavery with the aid of commemorating the date in 1865 while union navy gen. Gordon granger arrived in galveston, texas, and introduced to enslaved african people that the civil conflict had ended and they had been loose. Granger's proclamation came extra than two years after president abraham lincoln issued the emancipation proclamation.

The anniversary became celebrated by african people in texas the subsequent 12 months, and it quickly started out being celebrated in other states, as well. It became an professional state excursion in texas in 1980.

Senate unanimously approves invoice to make juneteenth a vacation

"juneteenth honors the stop of the years of suffering and brutality that african people persisted beneath slavery, the us's authentic sin, and celebrates the legacy of perseverance that has grow to be the hallmark of the african american experience in the battle for equality," jackson lee said.

The senate handed the measure by using unanimous consent tuesday night. Sen. Ron johnson, r-wis., had blocked an earlier try and skip the bill, citing the capacity value to taxpayers, but he stated earlier wednesday that "i recognize fact."

"i guide celebrating the emancipation of the slaves. I just didn't simply recognize why the simplest way to do this is to give 2 million federal health care people, that would fee $six hundred million a 12 months, a day without work. But reputedly the relaxation of congress wants to do that, so i won't stand within the manner," johnson stated.