More than a dozen House Republicans voted against legislation on Wednesday to make Juneteenth, which marks the end of slavery in America, a federal holiday.
The House still passed the bill by an overwhelming majority with a vote of 415 to 14, a day after the Senate approved it by unanimous consent.
Bill is now heading towards President BidenJoe BidenMellman: Trump voters hold on to 2020 story FDA clears yet another batch of vaccine J&J Cotton warns China collecting DNA from athletes at 2022 Olympics MORE for his signature by June 19, the day in 1865 when Major General Gordon Granger of the Union Army informed the remaining slaves of Galveston, Texas that they had been freed by the Emancipation Proclamation published more than two years earlier.
The 14 Republicans who voted against the bill were Reps Andy Biggs (Arizona), Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson BrooksShelby backs former aide to Trump’s favorite candidate in Alabama Senate race GOP lawmaker removes tweet that appeared to mistakenly reveal email password (Alabama), Andrew Clyde (Ga.), Scott DesJarlais (Tenn.), Paul GosarPaul Anthony Gosar21 Republicans vote against awarding medals to police who defended Capitol on Jan.6 On the Trail: Arizona is microcosm of the battle for the GOP Trump looms large on the fractured GOP of the Arizona PLUS (Arizona), Ronny Jackson (Texas), Doug La MalfaDouglas (Doug) LaMamalfa Growing number of lawmakers test positive for COVID-19 after Capitol Hill siege READ: Republicans who voted to challenge election results Interior ends endangered species protection for gray wolves MORE (California), Thomas MasséThomas Harold Massie21 Republicans vote against awarding medals to the police who defended Capitol on January 6. House GOP hits back at mask, metal detector fines Massie and Greene, Sergeant-at-Arms trash mask violation warnings (Ky.), Tom mcclintockThomas (Tom) Milller McClintock Alyssa Milano says she could “potentially run” for House in 2024 “If this thing qualifies, I’m toast”: An oral history of Gray Davis recall in California Lawmakers tout bipartisan support for the resolution criticizing the Iranian government MORE (California), ralph laurenRalph Warren Norman21 Republicans vote against awarding medals to police who defended Capitol on January 6. (SC), Mike rogersMichael (Mike) Dennis Rogers’ ‘Havana Syndrome’ and other escalations mark a grim turning point in the spy game Understanding Russia and ourselves before the summit To fight economic extortion from China, take a page from the cold war MORE (Alabama), Matt Rosendale (Montreal), Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene Roy21 Republicans vote against awarding medals to police who defended Capitol on January 6 The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden-Poutin meeting to dominate week Roy introduces bill barring Communist Party members Chinese to buy American land MORE (Texas) and Tom Tiffany (Wis.).
Several House Republicans opposed the official call for “Juneteenth National Independence Day” for fear that it would be mistaken for Independence Day on July 4.
“I fully support the creation of a day to celebrate the abolition of slavery,” Massie said during the debate in the House. “However, naming this day as National Independence Day will create confusion and cause Americans to choose either of these two days as Independence Day based on their racial identity.”
Massie suggested that Juneteenth’s feast could be called “Emancipation Day” instead.
representative Brenda LaurentBrenda Lulenar LawrenceTulsa Marks Centennial of Racial Massacre As America Struggles With Racial Injustice After George Floyd, How Much Has He Changed? Lobbying world PLUS (D-Mich.), A member of the Congressional Black Caucus, responded moments later that Massie’s argument was “inappropriate.”
“I want my colleague on the other side – and I mean, my white colleague on the other side – to get your independence from being enslaved in a country is different from a country that gets independence to govern itself. . It’s not a day that you can wrap up together. It’s inappropriate, ”Lawrence said.
Another Republican cited the Culture Wars to teach American children in schools the history of the nation’s systemic racism for opposing the establishment of Juneteenth as a federal holiday.
“Let’s call an ace an ace. It is an effort by the left to create a trumped-up day to celebrate identity politics as part of its broader efforts to make “critical race theory” the reigning ideology of our country. Since I believe in treating everyone equally, regardless of race, and focusing on what unites us rather than our differences, I will vote ‘no’ ”, Rosendale said before the vote.
The Senate passed the bill Tuesday by unanimous agreement hours after the senator. Ron johnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonSenate Passes Bill to Make Juneteenth a Federal Holiday Jon Stewart: Coronavirus More Than Likely Caused by Science Hillicon Valley: House Targets Tech Giants With Antitrust Bills | president of JBS press monitoring for payment to hackers | spokesperson joins tech company | YouTube suspends Senator GOP MORE (R-Wis.) Announced that he would not object to his passage.
“While I strongly support the celebration of emancipation, I objected to the cost and the lack of debate. While it still seems odd that taxpayers are giving paid time off to federal employees to celebrate the end of slavery, it’s clear Congress is unwilling to discuss the matter any further. Therefore, I have no intention of opposing it, ”Johnson said in a statement.
Wednesday’s vote to make Juneteenth a federal holiday came a day after the House passed a bipartisan bill to award Congressional gold medals to police officers who helped defend the Capitol during the insurgency January 6.
A total of 21 Republicans voted against the bill, citing objections to its description of calling the crowd of former President TrumpDonald Trump Kushner lands deal on book, slated for release in 2022 Biden set to undo Trump’s trade legacy with EU deal Progressives rave about Harrison’s debut at DNC PLUSSupporters of, who stormed the “insurgents” on Capitol Hill and called it “an attempt to rewrite history and promote a Democratic narrative.”