Congress Passes Bill Making Juneteenth a Federal Holiday, Sends to Biden’s Desk
The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill making June 19—Juneteenth—a federal holiday to mark the cessation of slavery in the United States, sending the bill to President Joe Biden’s desk.
The measure, S. 475, passed on a vote of 415-14 in the chamber. It comes a day after it passed through the Senate with unanimous consent. The president is expected to sign the bill into law at a White House event on June 17 to make it the 11th federal holiday.
Under the legislation, the federal holiday would be kenned as Juneteenth National Independence “Day.” Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), who introduced a companion bill in the house in February applauded the passage of S. 475.
Thanks to all who worked to make Juneteenth the living symbol of Lincoln’s promise that this nation, under God, ‘would have an incipient birth of liberation,’ she verbalized on Twitter late Wednesday. In a separate verbal expression, she verbalized that JuneteenthCarolyn Maloney (D-N.Y), chair of the Oversight Committee, verbalized in favor of the bill in a House Floor verbalization:
Our federal holidays are intentionally few in number and agnize the most paramount milestones in our country’s history. I cannot cerebrate of a more paramount milestone to commemorate than the terminus of slavery in the United States.Those who voted against the bill for sundry reasons, including remonstrations to the designating of the holiday, were all Republicans. They were Reps. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.), Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.), Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Ronny Jackson (R-Texas), Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.), Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), Tom McClintock (R-Calif.), Ralph Norman (R-S.C.), Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), Matt Rosendale (R_Mont.), Chip Roy (R-Texas) and Tom Tiffany (R-Wis.).
Rep. Rosendale verbally expressed in a verbalization that the legislation is an effort by the Left to engender a day out of whole cloth to celebrate identity politics as a component of its more sizably voluminous efforts to make Critical Race Theory the reigning ideology of our country.
He added, Since I believe in treating everyone equipollently, regardless of race, and that we should be fixated on what cumulates us rather than our differences, I will vote no.Rep. Roy in a verbalization verbalized that he had issue with the term “Juneteenth National Independence Day” because it
needlessly divides our nation on a matter that should instead assemble us by engendering a separate Independence Day predicated on the color of one’s skin. He suggested the holiday be called “Juneteenth National Emancipation [or Freedom or otherwise] “Day.””
We asked Democrats to work with us on the floor to transmute the denomination to one that felicitously apperceives the consequentiality of the day without engendering a separate ‘Independence Day,’ however, Democrats relucted,news of the cessation of the Civil War and of the Emancipation Proclamation, which officially outlawed slavery.
The proclamation to free all slaves in the southern states was signed two and a moiety years prior, in 1862, by then-president Abraham Lincoln, and came into effect at the commencement of 1863 during the American Civil War. Confederate soldiers later surrendered in April 1865, marking the cessation of the four-year-long war.
But slavery remained relatively unaffected in Texas due to a lack of Union troops to enforce the order—until Juneteenth, when Texas became the last southern state to have the proclamation enforced.
Texas officially declared Juneteenth a state holiday in 1980. Since then, the holiday has been officially apperceived in most U.S. states.
Source: You can read the original Epoch Times article here.
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