WASHINGTON D.C.

For the second time in two weeks, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn’s attempt to pass a bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday was blocked on the floor of the U.S. Senate.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

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(7) comments

Bailey Jones

How exactly does this cost money? Whether you mark your time card "holiday" or "work" it's still the same 8 hours of pay.

Paul Sivon

Per the article, the objection was to tax payers paying for non-productive time. It matters if 8 hours of pay is given for work versus not-working, especially if other are paid time and a half or double time to do the essential functions.

Bailey Jones

I've never worked anywhere where a Monday off kept the work from getting done. But if that's such an issue, I'll gladly swap Columbus day for Juneteenth. Columbus isn't even American.

Paul Sivon

Just let employees have their choice of a set of floating holidays, then, you can celebrate whatever social, political, or religious event you choose, and, it buffers you from having others tell you what you should celebrate.

Mary Gillespie

Some workers will be paid overtime to work on the holiday because their duties are essential. In other cases, replacement workers will be hired to do those duties. Examples are park rangers (national parks and monuments remain open on holidays), NASA employees, etc.

Paul Sivon

Outside of Texas, awareness of this event was, and still is, very limited. It represents a regional event. The day to celebrate nationally should be January 1 as Emancipation Proclamation Day. Most of the country doesn’t care when the news of Emancipation made it to Texas. Let the senate and congress focus on fixing today’s issues and prepare for the future.

Terri Abraham

That's what I was thinking, it's a Texas thing, not national.

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