(WFRV)–U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is one of two senators proposing scrapping Columbus Day as a federal holiday and replacing it with Juneteenth.
Sen. Johnson and U.S. Senator James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) filed an amendment to previously introduced legislation that would make Juneteenth a national holiday.
“In response to a bipartisan effort to give federal workers another day of paid leave by designating Juneteenth a federal holiday, we have offered a counterproposal that does not put us further in debt,” said Sen. Johnson. “We support celebrating emancipation with a federal holiday, but believe we should eliminate a current holiday in exchange. We chose Columbus Day as a holiday that is lightly celebrated, and least disruptive to Americans’ schedules.”
According to Senate officials, the cost of a single federal holiday has been estimated at around $600 million for paid time off for federal employees.
To view the full text of the amendment, click here.
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