The Washington Post reports:
The Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed a measure that would establish a federal holiday for Juneteenth, the day that marks the end of slavery in the United States. The bill now heads to the Democratic-led House, where it is likely to be approved, although the timing remains uncertain.
Unanimous Senate passage of the bill was an anticlimactic culmination to a long effort to commemorate Juneteenth, the day that enslaved Black people in Galveston, Tex., received news on June 19, 1865 that they had been freed by the Emancipation Proclamation — more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln had signed it.
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The Senate unanimously passed a measure that would establish a federal holiday for Juneteenth, the day that marks the end of slavery in the United States https://t.co/KZJxpN48P8
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) June 15, 2021
Senate just passed a bill establishing Juneteenth as a national holiday.
Schumer asked for unanimous consent and no senator objected
— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) June 15, 2021
I just put a bill on the floor of the Senate from @SenMarkey and @SenTinaSmith to make #Juneteenth a federal holiday.
It passed the Senate!
Next up: It should pass the House. Then to President Biden’s desk for signature.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) June 15, 2021
Ron Johnson says he will no longer oppose ‘strange’ Juneteenth holiday https://t.co/L8zMbzGlRS
— Raw Story (@RawStory) June 15, 2021