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H.R. 7232 (116th): Juneteenth National Independence Day Act

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Should the U.S. create its first new federal holiday since the 1980s?


The Emancipation Proclamation, which freed slaves in Confederate states, was issued by President Abraham Lincoln in January 1863. However, the news did not reach some states — notably parts of Texas — until two and a half years later. On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas and informed Black people there that they had been freed. (The National Archives this month located the original handwritten announcement.)

This event was celebrated in that area of Texas on the one-year anniversary in 1866. From there, it spread across the nation to become an annual festive commemoration celebrating the end of slavery, and more broadly celebrating Black history in the U.S. The combination of …

Sponsor and status

Sheila Jackson Lee

Sponsor. Representative for Texas's 18th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jun 18, 2020
Length: 2 pages
Jun 18, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on June 18, 2020, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


158 Cosponsors (152 Democrats, 6 Republicans)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

icymi: reps. Veasey, jackson lee, lee urge congress to pass bill making juneteenth a federal holiday
    — Rep. Marc Veasey [D-TX33] (Co-sponsor) on Sep 23, 2020

Walker Becomes One of the First Republicans to Join Legislation Recognizing Juneteenth as Federal Holiday
    — Rep. Mark Walker [R-NC6, 2015-2020] (Co-sponsor) on Jun 23, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Join Bipartisan Bill to Make Juneteenth a Federal Holiday
    — Sen. Tammy Duckworth [D-IL] on Jun 23, 2020

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Jun 18, 2020

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H.R. 7232 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 7232. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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