The House handed laws Wednesday that might set up June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day, a US federal vacation commemorating the tip of slavery in the US, sending the invoice to President Joe Biden’s desk for his signature.
The invoice handed the Home 415-14 after the Senate unanimously handed the laws Tuesday. The 14 Republicans to vote in opposition to the invoice had been Reps. Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Mo Brooks of Alabama, Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee, Andy Biggs of Arizona, Tom Tiffany of Wisconsin, Doug LaMalfa of California, Tom McClintock of California, Mike Rogers of Alabama, Matt Rosendale of Montana, Ronny Jackson of Texas, Ralph Norman of South Carolina, Andrew Clyde of Georgia, Chip Roy of Texas and Paul Gosar of Arizona.
The laws was beforehand blocked by conservative Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin in 2020, however he dropped his objection this week regardless of his considerations, permitting the invoice to advance out of the chamber.Home Majority Chief Steny Hoyer introduced that the Home would vote Wednesday in a tweet the place he thanked the invoice‘s bipartisan sponsors, which included Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas and Democratic Sen.
I look forward to bringing this bill to the Floor, and urge bipartisan support.
— Steny Hoyer (@LeaderHoyer) June 16, 2021
Ed Markey of Massachusetts.”I look ahead to bringing this invoice to the Flooring, and urge bipartisan assist,” Hoyer wrote.Jackson Lee instructed reporters forward of the ultimate passage, “what I see right here in the present day is racial divide crumbling, being crushed at the present time beneath a momentous vote that brings collectively individuals who perceive the worth of freedom.”Forward of the vote, Markey acknowledged that Biden continues to be abroad on his first worldwide journey, however instructed reporters “we can be speaking with the White Home” approximately getting this laws signed as quickly as doable.
The laws has gained momentum after the Black Lives Matter protests sparked by the police killing of George Floyd final 12 months and the Democrats’ takeover of the White Home and Congress.On June 19, 1865, Main Common Gordon Granger introduced in Galveston, Texas, the tip of slavery in accordance with President Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation.In 1980, Juneteenth turned a Texas state vacation. Within the a long time since, each state however South Dakota got here to formally commemorate Juneteenth, however solely a handful of states observe it as a paid vacation.