Ron Johnson says he will no longer oppose 'strange' Juneteenth holiday

Ron Johnson says he will no longer oppose 'strange' Juneteenth holiday

Originating in Galveston, Texas, it is now celebrated annually on June 19 in commemoration of the anniversary date in 1865 when Union Army General Gordon Granger proclaimed freedom from slavery in Texas.

The Senate passed a bill Tuesday to establish Juneteenth, the day marking the end of slavery in the United States, as a national holiday. John Cornyn, will need to be passed by the House and signed by President Joe Biden before it becomes law, but the Senate's vote marks a significant step forward in the years-long legislative effort.

The bill would lead to Juneteenth becoming the 12th federal holiday.

While Juneteenth has been celebrated by some Black Americans since the late 1800s, the holiday has gained in popularity in recent years.

"The stakes are a little different", Mark Anthony Neal, a Duke University African American studies professor, told the New York Times last June. That was also about two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves in the Southern states.

By making it a federal holiday, the bill only guarantees federal workers will get Juneteenth off, there is no requirement that private businesses give employees the day off. "But we must continue to work to ensure equal justice and fulfill the promise of the Emancipation Proclamation and our Constitution". It takes just one senator's objection to block such agreements.

The House is expected to vote Wednesday on legislation that would establish June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day, a USA federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.

"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", he said.

"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".

The bill was only able to pass after Sen.

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza has officially declared Juneteenth an official paid holiday for city employees.

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.

The Senate voted unanimously on Tuesday to pass legislation that would make Juneteenth a national holiday.

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