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Biden signs bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday

Most federal employees will observe the new holiday on Friday since June 19 falls on a Saturday this year

 

Evan Vucci, Associated Press

President Joe Biden spoke with Opal Lee after he signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, in the East Room of the White House.

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden signed legislation Thursday establishing a new federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery, saying he believes it will go down as one of the greatest honors he has as president.

Biden signed into law a bill to make Juneteenth, or June 19, the 12th federal holiday. The House voted 415-14 on Wednesday to send the bill to Biden, while the Senate passed the bill unanimously the day before.

"This is a day of profound weight and profound power, a day in which we remember the moral stain, the terrible toll that slavery took on the country and continues to take," Biden said.

https://www.startribune.com/biden-signs-bill-making-juneteenth-a-federal-holiday/600069084/

 

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