Biden signs Juneteenth Act into law (despite some “local yokel” opposition)

“President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have signed into law a bill establishing Juneteenth National Independence Day, a celebration designating the end of slavery in the United States, as a federal holiday,” as Yahoo News and others are reporting this afternoon.

“By making Juneteenth a federal holiday, all Americans can feel the power of this day and learn from our history, and celebrate progress, and grapple with the distance we’ve come but the distance we have to travel to,” Biden said during remarks Thursday in the East Room of the White House. The last federal holiday was created decades ago in 1983, when former President Ronald Reagan established Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The bill faced only slight opposition in the House of Representatives earlier this week from some Republicans, who included Tom McClintock and Doug LaMalfa.

(Credit: Carlos Barria/Reuters)

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

3 thoughts on “Biden signs Juneteenth Act into law (despite some “local yokel” opposition)”

  1. Our local representatives are totally predictable. They will continue to make Northern California a laughing stock. Lob the ball over the plate, just acknowledging slavery’s ugly history, and LaMalfa and McClintock strike out. 415 to 14 was the vote. Nearly all of the other 12 no votes were from the South, it’s just a coincidence they all believe Biden is not the President, and all voted to overturn the election results.

  2. This does not surprise me from those two. They would so much rather sweep it under the rug as if slavery never happened

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