Cantwell Statement on Juneteenth Federal Holiday Legislation Passing the Senate

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) released the following statement after the Senate unanimously passed legislation to make Juneteenth a federal holiday:

“Juneteenth marks the day some of the last formerly enslaved people in the nation learned they were free. Making Juneteenth a federal holiday would give all Americans a day to reflect on the history of slavery, to learn, and to recommit ourselves to ending racial injustice.”

Senator Cantwell was an original cosponsor of the legislation, which had 60 bipartisan cosponsors.