From left, Delegate Danny Davis, D-in., Sen. Ed Margie, D-Mass., Steve Williams, Chairman of the National Junetin Observation Foundation and Sen. Tina Smith, D-M., Junettine posed with the flag. After their press conference in Capitol on Wednesday, June 16, 2021.
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The House passed a bill Wednesday establishing a federal holiday in Junetendon that marks the end of slavery in the United States, paving the way for President Joe Biden to sign the law.
The bill traveled through Congress, Execution of the Senate by Consensus Less than the previous one day. The House passed the law by a vote of 415-14, with only Republicans voting against it.
“This is often not the case when you stand on the floor of the House and use the words‘ I feel whole, ’” said Sheila Jackson Lee, a representative of D-Texas, after passing the House version of the bill.
“We’ll come together,” Lee said. “We have come here to serve, to change lives, for justice, for equality and for freedom. That is what happened today.”
The short bill would make Junettin National Independence Day the 12th legal public holiday.
June 19 marks the date on which the last enslaved African Americans were granted their freedom. In 1865, Union soldiers led by General Gordon Kronker arrived in Calveston, Texas. General Order No.3, Officially ending slavery in the state.
The final act of liberation came more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Declaration of Independence, just months after the end of the Civil War.
Lincoln was assassinated on April 15, 1865, two months before his proclamation came to Texas.
Forty-eight states and Washington, D.C., Already Recognize Junett as a holiday. But lawmakers argued it would be too late to turn the House terrace into a national day of celebration.
Turning Junetente into a federal holiday is “an important step in remembering our past, which will undoubtedly help us build a better future,” said Carolyn Maloney, a delegate who introduced the bill on the ground, to DNY.
DSC, House Majority Whip James Claibern, a member of the Black Caucus of Congress, said, “I often compare Junete to our country’s inability to communicate. Failure to communicate kept them in slavery for another two and a half years.”
This law was expected to be easily passed in the Assembly. Delegate James Comer, R-Gu, who followed Maloney during an hour-long debate to vote, said he supported the bill, despite criticizing Democrats for speeding up the process.
Lawmakers told Kamar that “there is no time to consider the impact of giving another day’s work to the entire federal staff.”
Representative Clay Higgins, R.-Law, against the Democrats for avoiding the committee process in bringing the bill directly to the ground. Nevertheless, Higgins said he would vote for the law.
Some Republicans opposed naming the holiday “Independence Day.” They noted that Junettin is also referred to as Jubilee Day and Liberation Day.
President Thomas Masi argued that the chosen name would “create confusion” with the fourth of July, “Why ask Americans to choose one of the two Independence Days to celebrate?”
President Matt Rosendale, R-Mount, the only member of Congress, issued a statement opposing the bill before the vote.
“Let’s call an ace an ace. This is an attempt by the Left to create a day out of full cloth to celebrate identity politics as part of its larger efforts to transform critical race theory into the dominant ideology of our country,” Rosendale’s statement said.
In a tweet, Sen. of the Republican Party of Texas. John Corny replied: “Cookie.”
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., Last year blocked a similar Junetin bill from advancing through his chamber.
But Johnson said this time on Tuesday, he would not put up a fight.
“Last year, a bill was introduced to celebrate Junete, with 2 million federal employees being paid extra at a cost of $ 600 million a year,” Johnson said. Said in a statement. “They tried to pass the bill without debate or amendment. Although I strongly support the celebration of liberation, I opposed the lack of cost and debate.”
“While it may seem strange now that taxpayers are paying federal employees to celebrate the end of slavery, it is clear that Congress is not hungry to discuss this issue further. So, I do not want to object,” he said.
The law was sponsored by Senator Edward Markey and D-Mass. The House edition of the bill boasted 166 cosmonauts.