House to vote Wednesday on making Juneteenth a federal holiday

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.)
Greg Nash

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (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 Biden’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. 

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