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Maloney Joins President Biden for Signing of Bill to Make Juneteenth a Federal Holiday

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Chair of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, on June 17 joined President Joe Biden at the White House as he signed S. 475, the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, into law. The landmark legislation establishes Juneteenth — which is celebrated annually on June 19th — as a federal holiday.

As Chair of the Oversight Committee, Congresswoman Maloney managed House debate on the bill on Wednesday evening. During debate, she stated: “Our federal holidays are purposefully few in number, and recognize the most important milestones in our country’s history. I cannot think of a more important milestone to commemorate than the end of slavery in the United States.”

On Thursday morning, the Congresswoman joined with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Congressional Black Caucus for the bill’s enrollment ceremony, during which the Speaker signed the bill so that it could be sent to the President’s desk.

Following the enrollment ceremony, the Congresswoman spoke on the House floor, emphasizing that “Juneteenth is a cause for celebration. It should also serve as an occasion for learning and for this country to reflect on our history and recommit to doing the vital work to ensure that the lasting effects of slavery, bigotry, and racism are replaced with hope, dignity, and true equality for all.”

Prior to the bill’s signing, 47 states and the District of Columbia had designated Juneteenth a public holiday — including New York.

Video of Congresswoman Maloney’s speech on the House floor is available online: 

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