Sen. Ron Johnson, who stalled the passing of Juneteenth as a federal holiday, was booed at an event commemorating the day
Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin. Samuel Corum / Getty Images
GOP Sen. Ron Johnson delayed making Juneteenth a public holiday.
He admitted his efforts on Tuesday and unanimously approved the efforts in the Senate.
On Saturday, June 19, he was booed at a holiday commemoration event in Wisconsin.
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Senator Ron Johnson was booed Saturday at an event to celebrate Juneteenth in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, WDJT reported.
A bill making Juniteenth a federal holiday was passed unanimously in the Senate Tuesday but was not enforced until after Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin, ended efforts to block it.
Johnson said it would be too costly to give federal employees another day off, but conceded Tuesday and said few of his colleagues wanted to discuss the idea.
June 19 or June 10 is celebrated by many black Americans as Independence Day, the day that Union soldiers informed the last of the enslaved African Americans that the Emancipation Proclamation established their freedom. It was signed by President Abraham Lincoln two years earlier.
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WDJT reported that Johnson was also harassed by a crowd while speaking to reporters.
"We don't need you out here," said one person in a video of the event about Johnson.
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