Gardner and Bipartisan Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Make Juneteenth a Federal Holiday

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), John Cornyn (R-TX), and a bipartisan group of colleagues introduced a bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday.

“For 155 years, Juneteenth has marked the end of one of the darkest chapters in our nation’s history,” said Senator Gardner. “This day is a reminder of not only where we have come from but also how much farther we have to go. It’s time to make Juneteenth a federal holiday, and I am glad to join this bipartisan legislation in the United States Senate.”

“Juneteenth is time-honored tradition in Texas celebrating the news that all slaves were freed,” said Senator Cornyn. “It’s an annual reminder of how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go to achieve the order of equality mentioned in General Granger’s General Order No. 3 in 1865. It’s past time we honor Juneteenth as a federal holiday so Americans across the nation can celebrate and recognize America’s long-fought path towards equality.”


Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.