Senate Passes Bill Making Juneteenth A Federal Holiday

I’m mostly in favor of this

Senate unanimously passes a bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday

The Senate unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday establishing June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day, a US holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.

The legislation has gained momentum since the massive Black Lives Matter protests sparked by the police killing of George Floyd last year and the Democrats’ takeover of the White House and Congress.

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

“Although I strongly support celebrating Emancipation, I objected to the cost and lack of debate,” said Johnson in a statement. “While it still seems strange that having taxpayers provide federal employees paid time off is now required to celebrate the end of slavery, it is clear that there is no appetite in Congress to further discuss the matter.”

The measure needs to pass the House and be signed by President Joe Biden to become law.

On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger announced in Galveston, Texas, the end of slavery in accordance with President Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation.

I think it is great that we have a national holiday for this (most states have this as a regular holiday, though most people had no idea until sometime in the past few years). Trump himself wanted to make Juneteenth a national holiday, so, it’s strange that Democrats want to do so, as they usually take a 100% 180 degree view from Trump. The thing is, this would be a yearly reminder that it was the Republican party which went to war to end slavery (yes, the Civil War was a bit more complicated) and was the one which ended slavery, while the Democrats fought to keep slavery and were against ending it. And fought against civil rights and such for over a hundred years.

My one objection is that it should not be a paid federal holiday. Perhaps they can remove Columbus Day? Oh, right, federal employees need that free paid day in October.

The question now is if the Democrat run House takes this up, and, if so, when?

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6 Responses to “Senate Passes Bill Making Juneteenth A Federal Holiday”

  1. Professor hale says:

    Of course the Republican party of 100 years ago is not the same as the one today. No living Republican should take pride in emancipation, just as no living democrat should take pride in civil rights movements that their modern party are endermining without a single objection from the still-living civil rights icons.

    I find it immensely ironic that the same party that is tearing down civil war memorials wants a national holiday to commemmorate it.

  2. Kye says:

    I find it immensely ironic that the same party that wants to commemorate the Civil War is the same party that caused it in the name of keeping their slaves. And to top it off, the same party that planned an actual insurrection causing the deaths of 650,000 Americans runs arout today calling a few dozen protestors “insurrectionists” when they claimed the only killing of the day as theirs of an unarmed young woman. Figures since the left are a bunch of gutless fags they’d choose a woman to murder.

  3. Dana says:

    Well, being June 16th already, at least that can’t really get it passed in time this year.

    Let’s see, we have Memorial Day, last Monday in May, and Independence Day, July 4th, so that’s two federal holidays in five to six weeks, so naturally, we need one in between them!

  4. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    William Teach celebrates old Republicism, ignoring that today’s Republicism is 180 degrees changed from the 1800’s version.

    Arguing against Teach’s interpretation is Black Americans’ overwhelming support for modern Democrats while eschewing Republicans. It’s as if nuGOPhers don’t believe that Black Americans can vote in their own interests. Why have Black Americans turned to the Democratic party. Republicans have become a reactionary, far-right movement – the opposite of Lincoln Republicanism. Conservatives rebelled against America to protect their “right” to own slaves.

    • Kye says:

      I don’t know what fairy tale America you and your racist comrades live in but in my America it was the Democrats who supported and used slavery to benefit themselves until the Republicans lead by Lincoln (who was murdered by a Democrat for his efforts) freed the slaves. That Freedom resulted in Jim Crow, the KKK, lynching’s of both blacks and their Republican benefactors, voter intimidation, gun control laws and unions among the many many corrupt and evil tricks pulled by Democrats to corral, intimidate and control their ex-chattel.

      You commies who have taken over the Democrat party have continued the tradition. You are all anti American bigots, White, Christian and Jew haters and use your power and money to divide this great nation into interest groups based on race, color, religion. That’s what diversity, critical race theory, the 1619 project and all your attacks on secure and legitimate elections are all about. That’s what the fascist teaming up of Social media/business/the MSM/banking/Hollywood and other private companies is all about-control of Freedom.

      Ever notice how you leftists never wear an American flag or for that matter even touch one unless you’re burning it? But you hateful dividers of this Great Republic never miss a chance (even on Flag Day) to wave a phony “African” flag, queer flag or BLM (Burn-Loot-Murder) flag even on or government buildings.

      Before you start spouting you lies about who owned the slaves (BTW, I think your own family was invested in the slave trade by your projective denial and false accusations which usual are attributed by a guilty party) you had best read a fukin history book and not a shit load of re-written lies by white elitist’s and black “professional victims”, a real history book.

      So now you seem ready to throw out the usual false accusations you now need to answer:
      Why do you hate White people?
      Why do you hate Christians?
      Why do you hate Jews?
      Why do you hate America?

      Just asking for a friend you evil liar.

      • Elwood P. Dowd says:

        Kye also disingenuously conflates the Republican Party with conservatism. The Republican Party in the 1800s is not the Republican Party of today. Southern Democrats were the conservative party, but the conservatives started leaving in the 40s, 50s and 60s, largely based on the Party’s acceptance of integration, exemplified by Democrat Strom Thurmond of South Carolina who left the Democratic Party in 1964, becoming a Republican.

        We’ve noticed your deterioration over these past many months – to a level of hatred, vitriol, irrationality, denial and frustration.

        It’s you who ignores history. You claim that you marched for integration. So what happened? Becoming wealthy? Many left-leaning moderates bolted from liberalism and the Democrats post-9/11, an event that depleted their sense of physical security. Was that you?

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