Senate Bill 475, the “Juneteenth National Independence Day Act”, passed the House with a 415-14 vote.
Per USAToday “the bill recognizes June 19, 1865, the day enslaved people in Galveston, Texas learned slavery was ended, as a public holiday. ”
All 14 no votes were from Republicans.
- Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala.
- Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz.
- Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn.
- Rep. Tom Tiffany, R-Wis.
- Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-Calif.
- Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala.
- Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C.
- Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas
- Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz.
- Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif.
- Rep. Matt Rosendale, R-Mont.
- Rep. Ronny Jackson, R-Texas
- Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky.
- Rep. Andrew Clyde, R-Ga.
Rep. Ronny Jackson told USAToday “We have enough federal holidays right now. I just don’t see the reason in doing it. I don’t think it rises to the level I’m going to support it.”
Rep. Matt Rosendale said “Let’s call an ace an ace. This is an effort by the Left to create a day out of whole cloth to celebrate identity politics as part of its larger efforts to make Critical Race Theory the reigning ideology of our country. Since I believe in treating everyone equally, regardless of race, and that we should be focused on what unites us rather than our differences, I will vote no,”
Rep. Chip Roy said “Juneteenth should be commemorated as the expression of the realization of the end of slavery in the United States – and I commend those who worked for its passage.”