GOP senators propose replacing Columbus Day with Juneteenth as federal holiday

GOP senators propose replacing Columbus Day with Juneteenth as federal holiday

Sens. Ron Johnson (R-WI) and James Lankford (R-OK) backed a proposal on Wednesday to replace Columbus Day with Juneteenth as a federal holiday. The proposal is an amendment to bipartisan legislation rolled out by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) last month that would make Juneteenth a federal holiday. Sen. Johnson, an outspoken budget hawk, doesn’t want to add another paid holiday to the calendar.

David
David
spilltheT
spilltheT 1 months

How about FINALLY making Election Day a federal holiday instead? I know politicians are busy virtue signaling but, perhaps we the people could demand something that’s more useful to our ‘great experiment’, like giving our citizenry the celebration of all participating in our birthright, not just the ones who can get off work to stand in line for hours?

James G.
James G. 1 months

Why are we pushing Juneteenth as a nationally holiday? I get it as a Texas state holiday, but it doesn’t seem like a national event to me. Go for December 6th (the day the 13th amendment was ratified) or September 22nd (the day the emancipation proclamation was given), Juneteenth just doesn’t seem that major.

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