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Social Media Users Make False Claim About Juneteenth

A recent post claims that Congress has not acted on voting rights and it established Juneteenth unanimously.

U.S. Civil War reenactors march near the Lincoln Memorial during "The Juneteenth People's Parade" in Washington, D.C., on June 19, 2024. (Photo by Drew Angerer/AFP/Getty Images)

A recent post on Threads claims that “Congress failed to pass any voting rights legislation in 2021 and 2022” and the body “unanimously pass[ed] a law making Juneteenth a Federal holiday.” 

The first claim is true. The House of Representatives voted to pass the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021 by a vote of 219-212. The bill advanced to the Senate, where Senate Republicans stopped the measure. The legislation would have forced some states to receive pre-clearance from the Department of Justice before new voting practices take effect. 

The claim that Juneteenth passed unanimously is false. The Juneteenth National Independence Day Act passed the House by a vote of 415-14, with all the “nay” votes coming from Republicans. The bill then passed the Senate via unanimous consent—a procedural move that allows for quick approval without a formal vote count. This demonstrates broad support for recognizing Juneteenth, which marks the day—June 19, 1865—when Union soldiers enforced the Emancipation Proclamation in Texas, marking the end of slavery in the Confederate states.

On June 17, 2021, President Biden signed the act into law stating, “So let’s make this June—this very Juneteenth, tomorrow—the first that our nation will celebrate all together, as one nation.”

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Max Whalen is an intern at The Dispatch, based in Washington, D.C. A rising junior at Cornell University, he serves as the editor-in-chief of the Cornell Review. When Max is not keeping up with the headlines, you can probably find him listening to the Rolling Stones or rooting for the Arizona Diamondbacks.