US Congress votes to make ‘sixteenth’ a public holiday | US & Canada News
Congress is sending a fine to President Biden to make June 19 a national holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the US.
The United States Congress passed a third law to make it Nineteen, or June 19, a public holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the country.
By a landslide, the U.S. House of Representatives followed the Senate in passing the bill, and sent it to President Joe Biden to sign it. Parliament passed the law on June 15 in a joint agreement to facilitate the review of legislation.
“The passing of the Eleventh National Independence Day Act is a long-standing recognition of the suffering and suffering of our black people,” said Democrat Representative Rashida Tlaib.
The nineteenth is reminiscent of when the last American slaves felt free after the US Civil War between Confederate slave countries in the south and the Union free nations in the north.
Confederate troops surrendered in April 1865, but the word did not reach the last black people who were enslaved until June 19, when Union troops brought the issue of freedom to Galveston, Texas. This was more than two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Declaration on the Emancipation of American Slavery in 1862.
Known as the “First Independence Day in the US”, Friday is a major holiday for African Americans and celebrates black communities across the U.S. with dinner dinners, public events, family gatherings, restaurants and parties.
“Making the sixteenth a public holiday is a big step forward in recognizing past mistakes,” Senate Senator Chuck Schumer said Tuesday.
“But we must continue to work for justice and equality and fulfill the promise of Emancipation Proclamation and our Constitution.”
Sixteenth has become increasingly important recently considering the entire US state racist history and the whole world demonstrations following the death of George Floyd last year, a black man strangled under the knee of a white police officer.
“We have a lot of work to do to deal with racism, bigotry and hatred,” said Democrat Representative Brenda Lawrence.
“Today we continue to face discrimination and slavery that deprives us of education, deprives us of development opportunities, self-empowerment, deprives us of employment and economic security. This is a problem in America,” Lawrence said.
Republican Senator Ron Johnson has rejected a previous congressional hearing to arrange for the eleventh anniversary as a state holiday due to price and disagreement, he said.
Johnson said he supported the decisions by recognizing the importance of the 16th, but was concerned that the new holiday could give government workers one day at a cost of $ 600m a year.
“While it may seem strange that taxpayers are paying government workers now to celebrate the end of slavery, it is clear that there is no interest in Congress to continue the debate. Therefore, I do not want to deny it,” Johnson said in a statement before voting on Tuesday.
Almost all US states have realized that the 16th is a holiday or a celebration of that day, and many countries celebrate it. Saturday is a paid vacation for government employees in Texas, New York, Virginia and Washington, DC.
According to the law, the national holiday will be known as June Independence Day.