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Senate Approves Bill To Make Juneteenth A National Holiday

The Senate has unanimously passed a bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday, to commemorate the end of slavery in the US. In 2020, Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson blocked the bill, saying that it would cost taxpayers millions of dollars. Although I strongly support celebrating Emancipation, I objected to the cost and lack of debate, Ron Johnson, Wisconsin Republican Senator. Johnson recently dropped his objection, allowing the bill to pass through the Senate. It will need to pass the House and be signed by President Joe Biden to become law. On June 19, 1865, enslaved African Americans in Texas learned that they were free. South Dakota is the only state that does not officially commemorate Juneteenth.

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