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Senate approves bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday

Senate approves bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday

The 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 now heads to the House. Democratic and Republican senators hailed the rare bipartisan measure in the evenly split chamber. ’Making Juneteenth a federal holiday is a major step forward to recognize the wrongs of the past,’ said Sen. Schumer.

Dali 0 months

Mitch, why didn't you block this? Where is the real help for the people of this country? Nice symbolic gesture without doing any substantive work.

Kurt 0 months

The swamp is back in full force now that “someone” was removed from office.

James G.
James G. 0 months

Honest question: Why make this a federal holiday? Why set it to when Texas finally heard the news? Either make the holiday for when the Emanicpation Proclamation was actually said (Sept. 22nd) or for when the 13th amendment was passed (Dec 6th). Juneteenth is at best a state holiday, which should hold no more value than a random history fact to anyone outside of Texas.

Mutatis 0 months

The vast majority of people had never even heard of 'Juneteenth' a year ago, but now it is supposed to be a national holiday?

Mike 0 months

Slavery ended by June 19 in former Confederate states. Slavery did not end slave states such as Missouri, Kentucky, Maryland and Delaware until December. Slave markets still operated in KY with slaves being sold at greatly reduced prices. Slave owners in those states held off emancipating slaves in hopes the Federal would offer reimbursements. Such reimbursements never came.

Seekster 0 months

This isn't actually a bad idea, having a day to celebrate America's freedom from the original sin of slavery.

Nickel 0 months

I think they should make Every Day a national holiday

Central Scrutinizer
Central Scrutinizer 0 months


Ben 0 months

Oh goody, Another day off for our do nothing Congress dipshits.

John 0 months

So another black holiday. What about Asians, Hispanics, Native Americans, Europeans, Middle Eastern? High key racist

Aaron 0 months

Over 600 million a year for another day off for Federal employees.

noonespecific 0 months

If this gets me another day off work I'm on board

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