Cornyn's Juneteenth Federal Holiday Bill Blocked

A bipartisan bill to create a federal Juneteenth holiday is probably dead for this session of Congress. The bill failed in the Senate on Wednesday when Wisconsin Republican Ron Johnson blocked the measure. Senate Democrats and Texas Republican John Cornyn proposed the federal holiday last month to commemorate the end of slavery in the U.S. Johnson said adding a new holiday would, as he put it, "give federal workers a paid day off that the rest of America has to pay for."

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