The Senate on Tuesday unanimously handed law setting up Juneteenth as a countrywide vacation celebrating the tip of slavery in the US.
Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) made a movement to cross the invoice, and no senator objected.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), who single-handedly blocked the invoice from passing remaining yr because of considerations about its price, announced he used to be losing his objection to the law previous on Tuesday.
“It appears like Congress desires to do it so I’m no longer going to face in the best way,” Johnson informed HuffPost. “I simply suppose it’s more or less peculiar that now it appears the one method to do [celebrate the end of slavery] is to present 2 million federal employees a paid day without work, price American taxpayers $600 million.”
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) presented the measure remaining yr amid mass protests over the police killing of George Floyd. It received extra toughen this yr, garnering 18 Republican co-sponsors.
African American citizens have celebrated the tip of slavery on June 19 since that day in 1865, when the Union Military belatedly introduced phrase to Galveston, Texas, that slavery were outlawed, two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
Cornyn stated he used to be “satisfied” to look the invoice cross within the Senate.
“It’s been a state vacation in Texas for greater than 40 years. Now greater than ever, we wish to be informed from our historical past and proceed to shape a extra best possible union,” the Texas senator tweeted.
If the invoice passes within the Area, Juneteenth would develop into the eleventh annual federal vacation. Alternatively, best federal employees are required via regulation to get federal vacations off. There’s no requirement that non-public companies give their staff the day without work.
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