Ron Johnson says he will no longer oppose 'strange' Juneteenth holiday

Brunilde Fioravanti
Giugno 16, 2021

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., who dropped his previous objection to the bill. House lawmakers are also expected to approve the bipartisan legislation.

For the first time in the 15-year history of its Juneteenth celebration, Newport News is commemorating the holiday with a week's worth of free educational events.

Juneteenth began as a holiday in the State of Texas and is now celebrated in cities and states throughout the country as a special day of observance in recognition of the emancipation of all slaves in the United States.

"Now more than ever, we need to learn from our history and continue to form a more flawless union", he said.

The Cornyn-backed bill was first introduced in the Senate in 2020 following nationwide protests against racial injustice after the death of George Floyd.

An attempt to pass the bill a year ago foundered when Senator Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican, objected to the cost of adding another federal holiday to the calendar.

"While it still seems unusual 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", Johnson said.

"While it still seems odd 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", he said. "Therefore, I do not intend to object".

"Mayor Elorza and the City's Human Resources Department are pleased to announce that, in observance of the newly-recognized Juneteenth holiday on June 19, 2021, City of Providence employees will be granted a paid day off, and regular City operations will be closed on Friday, June 18, 2021".

Juneteenth celebrates June 19, 1865, when a Union Army general freed enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

After passing by unanimous consent, the bill now heads to the House of Representatives, where its passage is all but assured, then on to President Biden's desk for signature into law.

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