Senate lawmakers approved a bill Tuesday that would establish Juneteenth as a federal holiday after Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said he would drop his objection to the measure.
The resolution, introduced by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, passed by unanimous consent. House lawmakers are also expected to approve the bipartisan legislation.
“Happy that my bill to recognize Juneteenth as a national holiday just passed the Senate,” Cornyn said on Twitter. “It has been a state holiday in Texas for more than 40 years. Now more than ever, we need to learn from our history and continue to form a more perfect union.”
The Cornyn-backed bill was first introduced in the Senate in 2020 following nationwide protests against racial injustice after the death of George Floyd. Johnson was t
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