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Biden signs Juneteenth national holiday into law

WASHINGTON, DC — President Joe Biden signed a bill into law on Thursday establishing June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day, a U.S. federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.

The holiday is the first federal holiday established since Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1983, and will become at least the eleventh federal holiday recognized by the US federal government. The US Office of Personnel Management announced Thursday that most federal employees will observe the holiday on Friday since Juneteenth falls on a Saturday this year.

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union Major General Gordon Granger announced the end of slavery in Galveston, Texas, in accordance with President Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation. Only a handful of states currently observe Juneteenth as a paid holiday.

The legislation, which was passed by Congress on Wednesday, gained momentum following Black Lives Matter protests sparked by the police killing of George Floyd last year. It was also spurred after Democrats won the White House and control of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

The bill passed the House on Wednesday with a 415-14 vote after the Senate unanimously passed the legislation the day before.

The bill had bipartisan sponsors that included Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas and Democratic Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts.

Lee told reporters ahead of the final passage of the bill, “what I see here today is racial divide crumbling, being crushed this day under a momentous vote that brings together people who understand the value of freedom.”

The 14 Republicans who voted against the bill were 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.

Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson had previously blocked the bill in 2020, saying that the day off for federal employees would cost U.S. taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. But Johnson dropped his objection this week despite his concerns, which paved the way for the bill’s passage in the Senate.

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  1. So Joe Crow biden signs a bill commemorating the emancipation of slaves. Only problem is that Lincoln, a Republican president had already signed that emancipation on January 1, 1865. Joe crow was against even recognizing Juneteenth even happened. Juneteenth has been around since the massacre of black people in Tulsa in 1921. Now he decides to recognize it? What a bastard. He’s just playing to the race card.

    1. Only a partisan hack would describe a non-partisan bill that way. Not everything is Democrat vs Republican, and this is an example. What a tiny existence you must live in your little political bubble.

      1. So prove me wrong little stevie since you came out of your basement to judge me. The only tiny existence is your daddy’s lil dick that somehow managed to create your sorry ass. Go away and hide in your basement where you belong along with the rats you feed.

    1. So show me where I’m wrong or racist char lie doo doo? Everything I said is 100% correct. Too bad you can’t read otherwise you would find out the same thing. Bastardite.

      1. Virtually nothing you said was correct. Oh, I’m sure TucKKKer Carlson agrees with you. Juneteenth doesn’t commemorate Lincoln signing the proclamation as you describe. It commemorates the last slaves in Texas 6 months later finally finding out about it due to northern troops informing them. And there’s zero evidence Biden denied any of it occurred as you describe. You’re a hack, and obviously an uneducated one at that.

        1. You aren’t black huh stevie? So your decrepit mind only sees white Joe Crow biden analysis. Juneteenth IS the Tulsa massacre. Where your demoKKKrats killed around 300 black people. You don’t know how to read fool. Your Joe Crow biden was a close friend of Senator Byrd. The grand wizard of your KKK. He fought to segregate people time and time again. Either you are blind or too stupid to understand. The only hack here is your momma hacked by a stranger passing by.

    1. The only mixed races are you and char lie doo doo maggot alberto. You both are the same idiots spewing racism. Unlearned and unwashed bastards that don’t even know who IT’s daddy is.

      1. You’re right about those two. But you’re vermin decal matter as well. You are as uneducated a poster I’ve ever seen. It’d be funny if it weren’t for the fact I’m afraid you may have kids and teach them to hate like those other 2 probably do.

        1. You commies interested in my kids is laughable since you couldn’t teach your own to brush their teeth. You lost yours years ago as well. And it’s fecal matter you twerp. The kind you eat when you try to analyze me. You mistook analyze for what you get daily anal eyes.

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