Biden signs law making Juneteenth a new federal holiday

By: - June 18, 2021 7:08 am

Formally called the “Juneteenth National Independence Day Act,” the bipartisan legislation sped through the U.S. Senate earlier this week without objection and passed the House on a 415-14 vote on Wednesday night. Many states already designate it as a holiday as well. (Getty Illustration)

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