4:55pm: BREAKING: AZ Reps. Biggs and Gosar among 14 OPPOSING setting Juneteenth as federal holiday
Here is the 415-14 vote total this evening. The majority of the "nay" votes were from Confederate and slave-holding states.
During debate, Republican Reps. took turns being upset that Juneteenth will be known as “JUNETEENTH National INDEPENDENCE Day” (and that they couldn't 1st be upset about it in committee). But, most were saying they would vote for it, reluctantly.
Here is the very short and sweet text of the bill. Juneteenth is observed as the date when many slaves learned of President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation... two years later.
Here's a current list of federal holidays.
At the close of debate on the bill, California Rep. Maxine Waters (CA) "went there". She asked the GOP "patriots" who are upset about the use of the word "independence" where they were on January 6. Can't pick and choose.
It passed in the Senate by unanimous consent yesterday and is now headed to the White House for President Biden's signature.
1:50pm: NEW: Gov. Ducey gets promise of border backup from FL's DeSantis; "Details remain to be determined."