House to vote Wednesday on making Juneteenth a federal holiday

House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerDemocrats warn leadership against excluding House from infrastructure talks Ethics panel upholds 0 mask fines against Greene, other GOP lawmakers Bipartisan antitrust leaders urge FTC to pursue Facebook case MORE (D-Md.) has announced that the House will vote on making Juneteenth a federal holiday on Wednesday.


The bill passed by unanimous consent in the Senate on Tuesday night, and it seems likely to pass the House, which would send the legislation creating the federal holiday to President BidenJoe BidenOvernight Defense: Senate panel adds B to Biden's defense budget | House passes bill to streamline visa process for Afghans who helped US | Pentagon confirms 7 Colombians arrested in Haiti leader's killing had US training On The Money: Senate braces for nasty debt ceiling fight | Democrats pushing for changes to bipartisan deal | Housing prices hit new high in June Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill to hold platforms accountable for misinformation during health crises | Website outages hit Olympics, Amazon and major banks MORE's desk.

It is unclear whether the House will take the same route or hold an official roll call vote.

Celebrated on June 19, Juneteenth commemorates the last remaining enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, being emancipated by Union soldiers. It is being recognized by a number of states on Friday, June 18, this year.