After a unanimous senate vote and an overwhelming 415-14 house vote, the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act was signed into law by Vice President Kamala Harris as President Pro Tempore of the US Senate and President Joe Biden.
President Biden on Thursday will sign the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law and deliver remarks alongside Vice President Harris.
[…] “Great nations don’t ignore the most painful moments. They don’t ignore those moments in the past. They embrace them,’ Biden said in remarks in the East Room before a crowd that included lawmakers and 94-year-old Opal Lee, who campaigned to make the day a national holiday. The president, who spoke of efforts in some states to restrict voting rights, said the date doesn’t just celebrate the past but is a call for action.
President Biden to sign bill making Juneteenth a national holiday – The Washington Post
Vice President Harris addressed the assembled group of activists, artists, legislators and citizens including Opal Lee “Grandmother of Juneteenth”:
“We have come far, and we have far to go. But today is a day of celebration,” said Vice President Kamala Harris, who spoke before the president at the signing event in the White House.
Watch the full signing ceremony below: