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U.S. Senate approves bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday

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Ginger Lawrence | 16 June, 2021, 20:35

House lawmakers are also expected to approve the bipartisan legislation.

The holiday is celebrated on June 19, and it began in 1865 when enslaved people in Texas learned they had been freed under the Emancipation Proclamation.

Ivey signed the proclamation three days after a state holiday commemorating the birthday of Confederate president Jefferson Davis.

The Senate passed a bill Tuesday to establish Juneteenth, the day marking the end of slavery in the United States, as a national holiday.

Federal lawmakers' efforts to make Juneteenth a federal holiday gained significantly more momentum previous year amid the nationwide protests following George Floyd's murder by a Minneapolis police officer.

"Juneteenth would not be possible if it were not for the courage and determination of former slaves who relentlessly fought for their freedom and dignity".

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Had any senator objected, the bill would have been scheduled for debate, miring the proposal in a legislative timetable that is already chock-full with Biden administration priorities, such as infrastructure and voting rights. It takes just one senator's objection to block such agreements.

The US Senate has unanimously passed a bill to make Juneteenth, the day that marks the end of slavery in the nation, a federal holiday.

The measure was introduced last summer, but Johnson's vocal objections about the cost to taxpayers to pay federal workers for the day off stopped it from passing by unanimous consent.

"While it still seems odd that having taxpayers provide federal employees paid time off is not required to celebrate the end of slavery, it is clear that there is no appetite in Congress to further discuss the matter", he added. "Therefore, I do not intend to object", he added.

The bill was only able to pass after Sen. All 50 states except South Dakota honor and celebrate Juneteenth as a holiday.

For the first time in the 15-year history of its Juneteenth celebration, Newport News is commemorating the holiday with a week's worth of free educational events. "Many Black Americans feel as though this is the first time in a long time that they have been heard in a way across the culture". Juneteenth is a paid holiday for state employees in Texas, New York, Virginia and Washington.