Biden, President Joe Biden

Biden, President Joe Biden

President Biden Signs Bill Making Juneteenth a Federal Holiday

President Biden Signs Bill Making Juneteenth a Federal Holiday

6/17/2021 11:46:00 PM

President Biden Signs Bill Making Juneteenth a Federal Holiday

President Joe Biden signed legislation Thursday establishing a new federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery, saying he believes it will go down as one of the greatest honors he has as presi…

It’s the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was created in 1983.The U.S. Office of Personnel Management, which is the human resources office for the federal government, tweeted Thursday that most federal employees will observe the new holiday — Juneteenth National Independence Day — on Friday since June 19 falls on a Saturday this year.

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Biden noted the overwhelming support for the bill from lawmakers in both parties.“I hope this is the beginning of a change in the way we deal with one another,” Biden said.The White House moved quickly after the House debated the bill and then voted for it.

“Our federal holidays are purposely few in number and recognize the most important milestones,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y. “I cannot think of a more important milestone to commemorate than the end of slavery in the United States.”Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, speaking next to a large poster of a Black man whose back bore massive scarring from being whipped, said she would be in Galveston on Saturday to celebrate along with Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas.

“Can you imagine?” said Jackson Lee. “I will be standing maybe taller than Sen. Cornyn, forgive me for that, because it will be such an elevation of joy.”The Senate passed the bill on Tuesday under a unanimous consent agreement that expedites the process for considering legislation. It takes just one senator’s objection to block such agreements.

The vote comes as lawmakers struggle to overcome divisions on police reform legislation following the killing of George Floyd by police and as Republican state legislators push what experts say is an unprecedented number of bills aimed at restricting access to the ballot box. While Republicans say the goal is to prevent voter fraud, Democrats contend that the measures are aimed at undermining minority voting rights.

Several members of the Congressional Black Caucus went to the floor to speak in favor of the bill. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J., said she viewed Juneteenth as a commemoration rather than a celebration because it represented something that was delayed in happening.

“It also reminds me of what we don’t have today,” she said. “And that is full access to justice, freedom and equality. All these are often in short supply as it relates to the Black community.”The bill was sponsored by Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., and had 60 co-sponsors. Democratic leaders moved quickly to bring the bill to the House floor after the Senate’s vote the day before.

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Some Republican lawmakers opposed the effort. Rep. Matt Rosendale, R-Mont., said creating the federal holiday was an effort to celebrate “identity politics.”“Since I believe in treating everyone equally, regardless of race, and that we should be focused on what unites us rather than our differences, I will vote no,” he said in a press release.

The vast majority of states recognize Juneteenth as a holiday or have an official observance of the day, and most states hold celebrations. Juneteenth is a paid holiday for state employees in Texas, New York, Virginia and Washington.Rep. Clay Higgins, R-La., said he would vote for the bill and that he supported the establishment of a federal holiday, but he was upset that the name of the holiday included the word “independence” rather than “emancipation.”

“Why would the Democrats want to politicize this by coopting the name of our sacred holiday of Independence Day?” Higgins asked.Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Mich., replied, “I want to say to my white colleagues on the other side: Getting your independence from being enslaved in a country is different from a country getting independence to rule themselves.”

She added, “We have a responsibility to teach every generation of Black and white Americans the pride of a people who have survived, endured and succeeded in these United States of America despite slavery.”The 14 House Republicans who voted against the bill are Andy Biggs of Arizona, Mo Brooks of Alabama, Andrew Clyde of Georgia, Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee, Paul Gosar of Arizona, Ronny Jackson of Texas, Doug LaMalfa of California, Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Tom McClintock of California, Ralph Norman of South Carolina, Mike Rogers of Alabama, Matt Rosendale of Montana, Chip Roy of Texas and Tom Tiffany of Wisconsin.

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I absolutely like and agree. 🙌🏼🙌🏼❤️❤️ Republicans are going to stomp their feet and will go to work anyways, like it is supposed to hurt the rest of the country somehow. why always this pic of biden with a halo around him? Does he know that the Republicans freed the slaves from Democrat owned slaves?!

So do we get the day off or…. Why was this rushed through without public polling to if we wanted this? No one told us is costing 600 million a year to do this. Most American have never even heard of this lived in deep south. Celebration without reparations is BS. If they’re not giving us power and reparations then they can keep their proclamations and annual celebrations.😒 Folks talking about “it brings awareness.” After 400 yrs isn’t this government aware they owe us reparations?🧐The bill is due.

The day after he told Russia how to cripple us . Quite the legacy he’s building at this rate the country should be in ruins before 2022 Jim Crow Joe Biden will cebrate this holiday by giving more money to the Ku Klux Kops. That'll help the American economy.... HOW THE FUCK IS HE PRESIDENT

Joe Biden Signs Juneteenth Holiday Bill Into LawPresident Joe Biden signed a rare piece of legislation on Thursday: a bill creating the first new federal holiday since 1983. Change the name though. “Juneteenth”. Has a connotation with illiteracy that I don’t think compliments POC

typical can't even sign a bill into affect properly... dude. we already passed those dates ass hole.

Joe Biden Signs Bill Making Juneteenth A Federal Holiday; What’s Open And Closed On FridayPresident Joe Biden signed a bill that makes Juneteenth a federal holiday, with plans for the government workforce to observe the new holiday on Friday. The event was carried on cable news and broa… Let's be clear Juneteenth celebrates the Union army arriving in Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation which was signed two years earlier. Texas decided to be Texas and not comply until the Union Army arrived.

Biden signs bill making Juneteenth, marking the end of slavery, a federal holiday'Today we consecrate Juneteenth for what it ought to be, what it must be—a national holiday.' Pres. Biden hails establishment of Juneteenth as a federal holiday. THE future. Sucks so hard. It only was in Texas.... Every southern state had the own dates

Biden signs bill making Juneteenth a federal holidayPresident Joe Biden has signed legislation establishing Juneteenth as a federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery. Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas. Thanks for the day off little fella. Federal holiday doesn’t necessarily mean the private sector will be getting the day off. But the taxpayers will be on the hook for the government workers. You’re welcome. America is trash

Biden signs bill into law making Juneteenth a national holiday“Juneteenth has been known by many names: Jubilee Day. Freedom Day. Liberation Day. Emancipation Day. And today, a national holiday.” Vice President Kamala Harris speaks on the occasion of Juneteenth becoming a federal holiday. Kamala knows a thing or two about enslaving black people July 4th 2022. Defeat of Covid day. We really need it a holiday in June I’m all in on this one

Biden Signs Bill Making Juneteenth a Federal HolidayPresident Biden signed a bill Thursday making Juneteenth a national holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S. The government said most federal employees would get Friday off to celebrate. 👏👏👏👏👏 Remember, Trump's goal was to break up the bromance between Russia, the atheist EU, China, North Korea & Iran and bring Russia & North Korea to our side. The last thing the world needs is the Communist atheists & the Brotherhood countries united and in charge! a Holocaust 2.0! Can reparations be far behind?