Congressman Horsford Attends White House Bill Signing to Establish Juneteenth as a Federal Holiday

June 17, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congressman Steven Horsford (D-NV-04) joined President Biden and members of the Congressional Black Caucus at the White House for a signing event that established Juneteenth as a federal holiday. After the ceremony, Congressman Horsford released the following statement:

“President Biden’s swift action to establish Juneteenth as a federal holiday is an important move to honor the history of Black Americans and recognize our ongoing struggle for freedom. At a time when some would hide the ugly chapters of American history, today’s bill signing shows the power of truth. As we celebrate Juneteenth, I call on my fellow members of Congress to join me and take the next step — making real change for Black Americans. With renewed energy from today’s victory, we must redouble our efforts to improve police accountability, protect voting rights, and pass a jobs bill that allows every family to thrive,” said Congressman Steven Horsford.

During today’s ceremony, President Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Act (S.475) into law. The bill passed the Senate with a unanimous vote on June 15, 2021, and passed the House of Representatives 415-14 on June 16, 2021. Congressman Horsford was an original co-sponsor of the bill as introduced in the House.

To read Congressman Horsford’s statement after the House passage of S. 475, click here.

The first federal holiday of Juneteenth will be observed on June 18, 2021. Juneteenth honors June 19, 1865, the day — more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation — when some of the last enslaved Black people in the confederacy learned of their freedom. To learn more about Juneteenth, click here.

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