Washington, D.C.— U.S. Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) voted in support of making Juneteenth a Federal Holiday.  Congressman Barr released this statement following the vote: 

“On June 19, 1865—two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation—the final enslaved African Americans were liberated by Union troops in Galveston, Texas.  With that moment came an end to a horrific injustice in America.  I am proud to have voted for this legislation to establish Juneteenth as a federal holiday, which will forever commemorate this important day in our nation’s history.”