Scott Votes To Make Juneteenth A Federal Holiday

June 16, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed S. 475 the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act:

“I was very proud to vote today to finally establish Juneteenth as a national holiday and I was pleased to see broad bipartisan support for the legislation. I look forward to President Biden signing it in to law. This vote comes after the Commonwealth of Virginia formally recognized Juneteenth as a holiday last year and now a total of 49 states and Washington, D.C. now celebrate Juneteenth as a state or ceremonial holiday. The legacy of Juneteenth is a reminder of the way that justice and equality for Black people has too often been delayed in America. The past year has also been a stark reminder of all the work that is left to do to fulfill the founding promises of our nation.

“I am committed to defending the gains we have made, stopping the back-sliding on civil rights and continuing the fight for equity in education, employment, health care, housing and the criminal justice system. Let us celebrate this action and all the progress we have made but may Juneteenth also be a reminder of the work that remains. And let us continue the work of fulfilling the promises of equality and justice for all people.”

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