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Opinion | The Really Big Fight on Voting Rights Is Just Around the Corner
  + stars: | 2021-06-22 | by ( Richard H. Pildes | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -0.72   time to read: +2 min
The John Lewis Act would restore provisions of the Voting Rights Act (Sections 4 and 5) that were effectively invalidated by the 2013 case Shelby County v. Holder. When enacted in 1965, these provisions identified certain parts of the country and put their voting systems under a regime of federal control. These areas had to submit voting changes to the federal government, which had the power to block a proposal if it would diminish minority voter power. In 1890, Abraham Lincoln’s Republican Party withdrew support for a Federal Elections Bill, which signaled Congress’s abandonment of its commitment to protect Black voting rights in the South. When Congress finally enacted the Voting Rights Act, it required sending federal officials into parts of the South, as Justice Holmes anticipated, to take over the voter registration process.
Persons: John Lewis, Holder, Giles, Harris, Plessy, Ferguson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, , , disenfranchisement, Abraham Lincoln’s, Holmes Organizations: Shelby, Confederate, Abraham Lincoln’s Republican Party Locations: Southern, Louisiana
GOP Sen. Ron Johnson stalled the passing of making Juneteenth a holiday. He conceded his efforts on Tuesday and the effort unanimously passed in the Senate. On Saturday, June 19, he was booed at an event commemorating the holiday in Wisconsin. Sen. Ron Johnson was booed at an event celebrating Juneteenth in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Saturday, WDJT reported. A bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday unanimously passed in the Senate on Tuesday, but only made it through after Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin ended his efforts to block it.
Persons: Sen, Ron Johnson, WDJT, Johnson, Abraham Lincoln Organizations: Republican, Americans Locations: Wisconsin, Milwaukee , Wisconsin
REUTERS/Eduardo MunozATLANTA/CHICAGO, June 19 (Reuters) - On Saturday, the United States marks Juneteenth for the first time as a federal holiday commemorating the end of the legal enslavement of Black Americans. Concerts, rallies, art displays and lots of food are among events planned for Juneteenth around the country . Across the country, many events will take place in-person, unlike last year, as the United States emerges from the coronavirus pandemic and more Americans get vaccinated. The initiative is spearheaded by Assemblymember Alicia Hyndman, who sponsored legislation last year that made Juneteenth a state holiday. “That’s what Juneteenth means to me – independence and freedom for African Americans because of what our ancestors struggled through,” Smith said.
Persons: Nicholas Park, Eduardo Munoz, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, George Floyd, Abraham Lincoln's, Richard Rose, Rose, Martin Luther King, Jr, Ashley Munson, Munson, Assemblymember Alicia Hyndman, Bessie Coleman, Deneen Smith, ” Smith, Brendan O'Brien, Maria Caspani, Rich McKay, Keith Coffman, Donna Bryson, Alistair Bell Organizations: REUTERS, Eduardo Munoz ATLANTA, Americans, Juneteenth, NAACP, Ebenezer Baptist Church, U.S, Thomson Locations: St, Texas, United States, New York City , New York, U.S, CHICAGO, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Ebenezer, Stone, New York, Queens, Colorado, Chicago, Denver
Juneteenth on Saturday — a newly minted federal holiday — commemorates the emancipation of African Americans from slavery in the U.S. 156 years ago. 40 bill also believe that reparations would compensate Black Americans who have felt the negative effects of slavery's legacy, including various forms of racial discrimination and systemic oppression. 40, which specifically points to the high incarceration rate of Black Americans as well as the striking racial wealth gap in the U.S. Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates testifies during a hearing on slavery reparations held by the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties on June 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. One of the most notable modern efforts to secure reparations came from Deadria Farmer-Paellmann, a descendant of slaves.
Persons: Juneteenth, John Conyers, Sheila Jackson Lee, ANDREW CABALLERO, REYNOLDS, Derrick Johnson, Sen, Mitch McConnell, McConnell, Barack Obama, Nehisi Coates, Zach Gibson, Freed, Abraham Lincoln's, Andrew Johnson, Henrietta Wood, Deadria Farmer, Reynolds Organizations: Black Americans, Michigan Rep, Black, AFP, Getty, CNBC, Consumer, House, Civil Rights, Civil Liberties, U.S . Quakers, US, Bettmann, Aetna, Reynolds Tobacco Locations: U.S, America, United States, Washington , DC, Southern, White
"Are we going to do one for the Native American Indians?" On Wednesday, the House voted 415-14 to make Juneteenth, or June 19, the nation's newest federal holiday. Juneteenth is the first national holiday that has been established in the US since the creation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday in 1983. "I said a few weeks ago, marking the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, great nations don't ignore their most painful moments. Great nations don't walk away."
Persons: Ralph Norman, Joe Biden, Ralph Norman of, Jimmy Failla, Norman, There's, Juneteenth, Martin Luther King Jr, Biden, Kamala Harris, Abraham Lincoln Organizations: Native American, Union, GOP, Fox News Radio, America, Amtrak, White, White House Locations: Galveston , Texas, Ralph Norman of South Carolina, Tulsa
"We are footsteps away from where President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, and we are here to witness President Joe Biden establish Juneteenth as a national holiday." The 11th national annual holiday was established just two days before Juneteenth itself, and less than three weeks after the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa race massacre. Previous attempts to pass a Juneteenth bill in Congress were unsuccessful. Among the Republican criticisms were that the decision to name the holiday "Juneteenth National Independence Day" clashed with the existing Independence Day on July 4. They pointed out that the holiday has also been referred to as Jubilee Day, Emancipation Day and other names throughout its history.
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President Joe Biden signed a law decreeing Juneteenth a national holiday on Thursday, adding the first new holiday to the federal calendar since President Ronald Reagan added Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1983. A San Francisco Bay-area collective called HellaCreative developed a database of nearly 700 companies and nonprofits recognizing Juneteenth. Paul Argenti, a professor of corporate communication at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, said making the day a national holiday could give companies more motivation to observe the holiday. Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey said last year that both companies would observe the day as a company holiday. Representatives of Best Buy, Starbucks, Allstate, Target, Nike, Lyft, and Zillow all said their respective companies are each in their second year of recognizing Juneteenth as a company holiday.
Persons: Joe Biden, decreeing Juneteenth, Ronald Reagan, Martin Luther King Jr, Juneteenth, George Floyd, Abraham Lincoln, they’re, Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, , HellaCreative, Ralph Lauren, Benevity, SHRM, Paul Argenti, , ” Yelp, Jack Dorsey, “ Juneteenth, hasn’t, ” Mark Irvin, Tina Knowles, Lawson, , ” Tiffany Bowden Organizations: Union Army, Black, Yale School of Management, Yale, Leadership, NBC, Adobe, McKinsey & Company, Netflix, Society, Human Resource Management, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College, Apple, Google, Microsoft, CNBC, Twitter, Best, Starbucks, Allstate, Target, Nike, Black American, Facebook, Amazon, Global Diversity, Equity Locations: Minneapolis, America, Francisco Bay
Even well into her 90s, Opal Lee was sure she'd live to see the day Juneteenth became a national holiday. On Wednesday, Congress overwhelmingly voted to establish Juneteenth National Independence Day as a legal public holiday. The news came quickly to activists and organizers like Lee who have been advocating for decades to gain national recognition for Juneteenth. Out of the gathering sprouted several groups dedicated to celebrating Juneteenth, including the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation. … We don't get to put those things on the back burner in order to celebrate Juneteenth as a federal holiday.
Persons: Opal Lee, Lee, Matt Rosendale, Joe Biden, Carlos Barria, Ronald Myers, Troy E, Myers, Sheila Jackson Lee, Nancy Pelosi, Joshua Roberts, Page, Abraham Lincoln, U.S . Sen, Raphael Warnock, Amara Enyia, Enyia, hasn't, Rich Wallace Organizations: NBC News, Juneteenth, White House, Reuters, Christian Unity Baptist Church, National Association of Juneteenth, Washington , D.C, Capitol, Black Texans, U.S ., Movement, Equity, Facebook, Twitter Locations: Fort Worth , Texas, Matt Rosendale of Montana, New Orleans, Juneteenth, Fort Worth, Washington ,, Troy, Ohio, Texas, Galveston, U.S, Chicago
Real estate market madness is everywhere
  + stars: | 2021-06-18 | by ( Julia Horowitz | Cnn Business | ) edition.cnn.com + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
A version of this story first appeared in CNN Business' Before the Bell newsletter. You can sign up right hereLondon (CNN Business) Low inventory and surging demand have sent house prices soaring around the world , raising concerns about how long the red-hot market can be sustained. Real estate agents have told CNN Business about increasingly rabid methods clients have deployed to secure properties — from bidding $1 million over the asking price to paying a competing bidder hundreds of thousands of dollars just to walk away. This just in: Online real estate broker Redfin said houses were on the market in May for just 16 days on average, a record low. SIFMA, the lobby group for the US securities industry, tweeted Thursday that it wouldn't recommend a market holiday this year, since Juneteenth falls on a Saturday.
Persons: It's, Redfin, Niraj Shah, LEN, Matt Egan, Morgan Stanley, James Gorman, Goldman Sachs, they've, Slack, Mike Mayo, scrambles, Juneteenth, Joe Biden, Martin Luther King Jr, George Floyd's, Abraham Lincoln's, Chauncey Alcorn, Chipotle Organizations: CNN Business, Bell, CNN, Monetary, Oxford Economics, National Association of Realtors, Housing, Bloomberg Intelligence, Federal, Oxford, Labor, Bank of America, Wells, Juneteenth, Federal Reserve, Bloomberg, Amazon, Apple, Starbucks Locations: London, United States, Colorado Springs, Miami, Wells Fargo, Washington, Juneteenth, Galveston , Texas
Opinion | Juneteenth Reminds Us Just How Far We Have to Go
  + stars: | 2021-06-18 | by ( Kate Masur | ) www.nytimes.com + 0.90   time to read: +2 min
In October 1864, just before President Abraham Lincoln was elected to a second term, a large group of Black activists met in Syracuse, N.Y. Most were from the free states, but a handful made the trip from slave states like Tennessee, Virginia and Florida. It founded a National Equal Rights League to demand “a recognition” of Black Americans’ rights as citizens of the United States. Others recognized that the nation was at a crossroads and that abolition would mean little without federal protections for Black Americans. But today’s conservatives echo their 19th-century predecessors when they justify federal inaction on voting rights with arguments about states’ rights and spurious claims of electoral corruption.
Persons: Abraham Lincoln, George T, Downing Organizations: American People, Equal Rights League, Syracuse, Republicans, Black Americans, Civil, Democratic, Black Locations: Syracuse, N.Y, Tennessee, Virginia, Florida, United States, Northern, Southern, Rhode Island, Washington
JPMorgan, UBS to allow U.S. employees take day off for Juneteenth
  + stars: | 2021-06-17 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.96   time to read: +1 min
REUTERS/Mike SegarJune 17 (Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) will give its U.S. employees one floating day off for the newly implemented Juneteenth federal holiday, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters. Wealth manager UBS (UBSG.S), (UBS.N) also unveiled similar plans for its U.S. employees, an internal memo showed. President Joe Biden signed a bill on Thursday to recognize June 19, or "Juneteenth", a federal holiday marking the end of legal enslavement of Black Americans. Juneteenth is the first new federal holiday created in nearly four decades. Texas officially declared Juneteenth a state holiday in 1980 and since then the holiday has been officially recognized in most U.S. states.
Persons: Morgan Chase, Mike Segar, Jamie Dimon, Brian Lamb, Joe Biden, Abraham Lincoln's, Niket, Matt Scuffham, Arun Koyyur Organizations: Co, New York City, REUTERS, JPMorgan Chase &, Reuters, UBS, The U.S . Securities, Exchange, Thomson Locations: New York, Galveston , Texas, Texas, The, Bengaluru
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law Thursday, officially making June 19 a federal holiday and giving national recognition to a day commemorating emancipation. Vice President Kamala Harris, the first woman and Black vice president, said that designating a federal holiday "makes an important statement." The House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday, 415-14, to make Juneteenth a national federal holiday, a day after the Senate cleared the bill without debate. Juneteenth — also known as Emancipation Day, Black Independence Day and Jubilee Day — is the 11th federal holiday and the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was created in 1983. Texas became the first to make it a state holiday in 1980.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, Kamala Harris, Harris, Juneteenth —, Martin Luther King Jr, Juneteenth, Gordon Granger, Abraham Lincoln, George Floyd Organizations: WASHINGTON, White, U.S ., Management, Republicans, Independence, Union, District of Columbia, Republican Locations: Galveston , Texas, United States, District of Columbia . Texas, Minneapolis
Biden to Sign Bill Making Juneteenth a Federal Holiday
  + stars: | 2021-06-17 | by ( Catherine Lucey | Lindsay Wise | ) www.wsj.com + 0.98   time to read: +1 min
WASHINGTON—President Biden is set to sign a bill Thursday making Juneteenth a national holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S., and the government said most federal employees would get Friday off to celebrate. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management said on Twitter Thursday that because the 19th falls on a Saturday this year, “most federal employees will observe the holiday tomorrow, June 18th.”This will be the first new federal holiday created by Congress in nearly four decades. The bill passed the Senate unanimously on Tuesday and was approved 415-14 in the House Wednesday. This came more than two months after the end of the Civil War and 2½ years after President Abraham Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves in the Southern states. The ratification of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in December 1865 abolished slavery throughout the country.
Persons: Biden, Juneteenth —, Gordon Granger, Abraham Lincoln Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S ., Management, Twitter, Congress, Independence, U.S, Constitution Locations: U.S, Galveston , Texas, Southern
Precious Maku, 16, didn’t know the history of Juneteenth when she moved to Fort Worth, Texas, with her family about two years ago. Then I started doing my research.”A teacher suggested she check out the local Miss Juneteenth pageant as a way to celebrate the holiday and learn even more. From left, Miss Unity, Jaria Gibson; Miss Juneteenth, Precious Maku; and runner-up Miss Freedom, Ariane Gibbons. Similar pageants have popped up in Texas and several other states over the years, and 2020 marked the first National Miss Juneteenth Pageant held in Tennessee. Even for all its historic significance, the Miss Juneteenth pageant fell prey to the Covid-19 pandemic — like many other annual events in the country.
Persons: Precious Maku, didn’t, , Maku, Miss Juneteenth, “ It’s, , I’m, Black, Jaria Gibson, Ariane Gibbons, Genuineshotz, Delaware’s Miss Juneteenth, Saniya Gay, Juneteenth, Channing Godfrey Peoples, Nicole Beharie, Alexis Chikaeze, Miss Juneteenth Triniti Franklin, Andrea Sledge, ” Sledge, Abraham Lincoln, Gordon Granger, Montinique Monroe, Brenna Greer, , ” Greer, Opal Lee, Lee, Sledge, We’ve, Gibbons, A’mera Frieman, ” Frieman, it’s Organizations: Miss, Maku, Texas Wesleyan University, Miss Unity, Fort, Miss Juneteenth, Black Texans, Wellesley College, African, U.S . House, Washington , D.C, Miss Freedom, Juneteenth, Facebook, Twitter Locations: Fort Worth , Texas, Juneteenth, Texas, Tennessee, Fort Worth, Galveston, Houston, Massachusetts, ” Texas, Fort, Washington ,, Evans, Panther, Miss Juneteenth
Biden Signs Bill Making Juneteenth a Federal Holiday
  + stars: | 2021-06-17 | by ( Catherine Lucey | Lindsay Wise | ) www.wsj.com + 1.00   time to read: +1 min
WASHINGTON—President Biden signed a bill Thursday making Juneteenth a national holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S., calling it a day to remember the “moral stain, the terrible toll that slavery took on the country.”The holiday was set to take effect immediately. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management said on Twitter Thursday that because the 19th falls on a Saturday this year, “most federal employees will observe the holiday tomorrow, June 18th.”This is the first new federal holiday created by Congress in nearly four decades. The bill passed the Senate unanimously on Tuesday and was approved 415-14 in the House Wednesday. “Great nations don’t ignore their most painful moments,” Mr. Biden said during a signing ceremony in the East Room of the White House, surrounded by lawmakers and guests, including Opal Lee, a Texas activist who campaigned to make Juneteenth a national holiday. This came more than two months after the end of the Civil War and about 2½ years after President Abraham Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves in the Confederacy.
Persons: Biden, ” Mr, Opal Lee, Juneteenth —, Gordon Granger, Abraham Lincoln Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S ., Management, Twitter, Congress, White, Independence Locations: U.S, , Texas, Galveston , Texas
How the ‘Juneteenth’ Name—and Holiday—Spread
  + stars: | 2021-06-17 | by ( Ben Zimmer | ) www.wsj.com + 0.95   time to read: +2 min
The annual commemoration of that day came to be known as “Juneteenth” in Galveston and other Texas towns, with Black Americans celebrating with parades, pageants, musical performances, prayer gatherings and barbecues. In the 20th century, thanks to the “Great Migration” of rural southern Blacks to the north and west, Juneteenth jubilees spread. As Edward T. Cotham, Jr., explains in a new book, “Juneteenth: The Story Behind the Celebration,” Juneteenth lays claim to being “the oldest continuous commemoration of emancipation in America,” as it has been a day of jubilation in Galveston every year since June 19, 1866. In early accounts of the festivities in white-owned newspapers in east Texas, the date had not yet telescoped into the “Juneteenth” shorthand. In 1871, the Galveston Daily News called it a “celebration of freedom.” The Austin Statesman referred to it as “Emancipation Day” in 1874 and the “Emancipation Celebration” the following year.
Persons: Ben Zimmer, , Laura Smalley, Gordon Granger, Abraham Lincoln, Biden, Sheila Jackson Lee, Edward T, Cotham, Juneteenth Organizations: Union, Black, Texas Rep, Galveston Daily, Statesman Locations: Texas, Galveston , Texas, United States, Galveston, Blacks, America, jubilation
The House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to make Juneteenth a national federal holiday, 415-14, and Democrats hope President Joe Biden will sign the measure into law by Saturday. When the measure is signed into law, June 19 will become the country's 11th federal holiday. The House bill's sponsor, Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, said it's "been a long journey," but "we're here." Jackson Lee said she and Democratic leaders plan to send the legislation to Biden's desk by this Juneteenth. The Juneteenth holiday — officially called Juneteenth Independence Day in the bill — has also been known as Emancipation Day and Black Independence Day.
Persons: Joe Biden, Sheila Jackson Lee, Jackson Lee, Nancy Pelosi, Matt Rosendale, Sen, John Cornyn, Andrew Clyde of, Paul Gosar, Andy Biggs of, Mo Brooks, Mike Rogers of, Thomas Massie of, Ralph Norman of, Tom McClintock, Doug LaMalfa, Tom Tiffany of, Scott DesJarlais, Ronny Jackson, Chip Roy, Texas, , Gordon Granger, Abraham Lincoln, Ron Johnson, Johnson Organizations: Saturday, District of Columbia, Democratic, Senate, Black Independence, Union Army Locations: U.S, Texas, America, Andrew Clyde of Georgia, Andy Biggs of Arizona, Mike Rogers of Alabama, Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Ralph Norman of South Carolina, California, Tom Tiffany of Wisconsin, Tennessee, Galveston , Texas
Live Live Updates: House Expected to Vote to Curb Presidential War Powers The House is set to repeal an authorization it gave President George W. Bush in 2002 to invade Iraq that was repeatedly applied well beyond its original intent. The House is expected to vote on Thursday to repeal an authorization it gave President George W. Bush in 2002 to invade Iraq. Mr. Biden is expected to sign it. President Biden and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia met in Geneva on Wednesday. Mr. Putin called Mr. Biden “a very balanced, professional man,” while Mr. Biden avoided characterizing his counterpart.
Persons: George W, Bush, Biden, Tyler Hicks, Qassim Suleimani, , Schumer, Chuck Schumer, Biden’s, Dan Caldwell, , Stefani Reynolds, , Rob Portman, Mitt Romney, Democrat —, Nancy, Mr, Nancy Pelosi, I’m, Brian Deese, Steve Ricchetti, Louisa Terrell, Mark Warner, ” Andrew Bates, Tim Kaine, Bernie Sanders, ” Mr, Sanders, Gordon Granger, Montinique Monroe, Abraham Lincoln’s, “ Juneteenth, Sheila Jackson Lee, Guy Reschenthaler, Matt Rosendale, Ron Johnson, Ilana Panich, Greg Abbott of Texas, Donald J, Trump, Abbott, Putin, Vladimir V, Doug Mills, Trump’s, — Mr Organizations: The New York Times, Islamic, Military Force, , Senate, Veterans, Capitol, ., Republican, Democrat, National Economic, White, Legislative Affairs, Republicans, Pennsylvania Republican, State Capitol, Air Force, New York Times Locations: Iraq, Baghdad . Credit, Islamic State, New York, Afghanistan, America, Ohio, Utah, Arizona, California, Virginia, filibusters, Vermont, Texas, United States, Galveston , Texas, Montana, Wisconsin, Donna , Texas, Mexico, Russia, Geneva
President Joe Biden is set Thursday to sign a bill establishing Juneteenth, the date marking the end of slavery in the United States, as a federal holiday. ET signing event at the White House comes two days before Juneteenth itself, which falls on June 19 each year. Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are both slated to deliver remarks in the East Room, according to the White House. The holiday legislation passed this week with overwhelming support in both chambers of Congress. The Juneteenth legislation was sponsored in the Senate by Edward Markey, D-Mass.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, Kamala Harris, Martin Luther King Jr, Ronald Reagan, Gordon Granger, Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln, Edward Markey, Sheila Jackson Lee Organizations: White, Republicans, Rep Locations: Washington ,, United States, Juneteenth, Galveston , Texas, Texas
WASHINGTON, June 17 (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden will sign a bill into law on Thursday afternoon to make June 19 a federal holiday commemorating the end of the legal enslavement of Black Americans. The White House will hold a signing ceremony with Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris at 3:30 p.m. U.S. President Joe Biden holds a news conference after the U.S.-Russia summit with Russia's President Vladimir Putin, in Geneva, Switzerland, June 16, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueThe law comes a year after the United States was rocked by protests against racism and policing following the murder of George Floyd, an African-American man, by a Minneapolis police officer. Reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt and Heather Timmons Editing by Sonya HepinstallOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Joe Biden, Abraham Lincoln's, Biden, Kamala Harris, Vladimir Putin, Kevin Lamarque, George Floyd, Juneteenth, Martin Luther King Jr, Trevor Hunnicutt, Heather Timmons, Sonya Hepinstall Organizations: Americans, U.S . House, REUTERS, Federal, U.S ., Management, Twitter, Thomson Locations: Texas, U.S, Russia, Geneva, Switzerland, United States, Minneapolis
Biden Signs Law Making Juneteenth a Federal Holiday
  + stars: | 2021-06-17 | by ( Annie Karni | Luke Broadwater | ) www.nytimes.com + 0.98   time to read: +2 min
And today, a national holiday,” Vice President Kamala Harris said, introducing Mr. Biden. Momentum to establish Juneteenth as a federal holiday picked up steam last year during a summer defined by racial unrest and Black Lives Matter protests in response to the murder of George Floyd by the police. In a bid to woo Black voters during the final months of the 2020 campaign, President Donald J. Trump promised to support legislation to establish the new federal holiday if he was re-elected. The president called her “a grandmother of the movement to make Juneteenth a federal holiday” and got down on one knee to greet her in the audience. Mr. Biden also framed the holiday as part of his administration’s efforts to address racial equity throughout the federal government.
Persons: Juneteenth, Kamala Harris, Biden, Gordon Granger, Abraham Lincoln’s, George Floyd, Donald J, Trump, Opal Lee, , Mr Organizations: Juneteenth, Black, White, Washington , D.C Locations: United States, Galveston , Texas, Fort Worth, Washington ,, Nevada
Live Live Updates: Democrats Begin to Lay Groundwork for Unilateral Infrastructure Plan Senator Chuck Schumer is readying a process called reconciliation, which wouldn’t require Republican support, in case a group of senators trying to negotiate a bipartisan deal fails to agree on a plan that satisfies Democrats. As bipartisan infrastructure talks drag, Schumer moves to jump-start a process for Democrats to go at it alone. On Tuesday, Mr. Schumer postponed votes to advance and confirm the director of the Office of Personnel Management, citing the absence of two Democrats dealing with family illness. Emily Cochrane andA bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday clears the Senate. I just put a bill on the floor of the Senate from @SenMarkey and @SenTinaSmith to make #Juneteenth a federal holiday.
Persons: Begin, Chuck Schumer, wouldn’t, Schumer, Stefani Reynolds, Mr, Hakeem Jeffries, we’re, Biden’s, Steve Ricchetti, Biden, Mitch McConnell of, McConnell, Emily Cochrane, Gordon Granger, Montinique Monroe, Abraham Lincoln, Judge Terry A, Doughty, Jeff Landry, Landry, Judge Doughty, Deb Haaland, Organizations: Capitol, ., The New York Times, White, Democrats, Democratic, House Democratic, Republicans, Democrat, Personnel Management, The New York, District of Columbia, Juneteenth, Leadership Conference, Wildlife Refuge, Fish, Wildlife Service, Associated Press, Biden, U.S, Western, Western District of, Republican Locations: New York, filibusters, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Galveston , Texas, United States, . Texas, . U.S, Louisiana, Western District, Western District of Louisiana, Alabama, Alaska , Arkansas, Georgia , Mississippi , Missouri, Montana , Nebraska , Oklahoma , Texas , Utah, West Virginia
The House on Wednesday passed a bill to make Juneteenth a national holiday. The Senate passed the bill on Tuesday, and it now heads over to Biden's desk for his signature. The House on Wednesday passed bipartisan legislation to make June 19, known as Juneteenth, a national holiday celebrating the emancipation of people who were enslaved in the US. The bill passed by a 415-14 vote, with all votes against it coming from Republicans. "It's long overdue to be recognized as a federal holiday," Rep. Randy Weber, a Republican who represents Galveston, said Wednesday.
Persons: Sheila Jackson Lee, Joe Biden, Sen, Ron Johnson, Clay Higgins, It's, Brenda Lawrence, Martin Luther King Jr, Biden, it's, Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln, Randy Weber, George Floyd's Organizations: Wednesday, Republicans, Wisconsin Republican, Senate, Republican, Democrat, Union Locations: Houston, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Detroit, America, Galveston Bay , Texas, Galveston, Minneapolis
House passes bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday, sending it to Biden
  + stars: | 2021-06-16 | by ( Kevin Breuninger | ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -0.91   time to read: +1 min
Bill Clark | CQ-Roll Call, Inc. | Getty ImagesA bill that would establish a federal holiday on Juneteenth, marking the end of slavery in the United States, passed the House on Wednesday, paving the way for President Joe Biden to sign it into law. The bill sailed through Congress, passing the Senate by unanimous consent less than a day earlier. The House passed the legislation in a 415-14 vote, with only Republicans voting against it. The short bill will make Juneteenth National Independence Day the 12th legal public holiday. Juneteenth, which falls on June 19, marks the date that the last enslaved African Americans were granted their freedom.
Persons: Danny Davis, Sen, Ed Markey, Steve Williams, Tina Smith, Bill Clark, Joe Biden, It's, Sheila Jackson Lee, Lee, Gordon Granger, Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln Organizations: Observance, Capitol, CQ, Inc, Getty Locations: United States, Texas, Galveston , Texas
WASHINGTON, June 16 (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed and sent to President Joe Biden a bill making June 19, or "Juneteenth," a federal holiday commemorating the end of legal enslavement of Black Americans. Biden plans to sign the bill into law at a White House event on Thursday afternoon. She said she had introduced legislation in the House to make Juneteenth a federal holiday "to commemorate the end of chattel slavery, America's original sin, and to bring about celebration." "Designating June 19 as a national holiday would increase awareness of ... Juneteenth," he said. Texas officially declared Juneteenth a state holiday in 1980 and since then the holiday has been officially recognized in most U.S. states.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, Abraham Lincoln's, Sheila Jackson Lee, Norma Ewing, Lindsey Wasson, George Floyd, Guy Reschenthaler, Martin Luther King Jr, Makini Brice, Trevor Hunnicutt, Chris Reese Organizations: U.S . House, Texas Democrat, Seattle, REUTERS, Republican, Thomson Locations: Texas, Juneteenth, United States, Seattle , Washington , U.S, Minneapolis, Pennsylvania
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