Rep. Roy’s statement after voting against S. 475

June 16, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON—On Wednesday, Rep. Chip Roy (TX-21) issued the following statement after voting against the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act:  


Today, I voted against S. 475, the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, which would establish a new national holiday called Juneteenth National Independence Day.  Juneteenth should be commemorated as the expression of the realization of the end of slavery in the United States - and I commend those who worked for its passage.  I could not vote for this bill, however, because the holiday should not be called “Juneteenth National Independence Day” but rather, “Juneteenth National Emancipation [or Freedom or otherwise] Day."  This name needlessly divides our nation on a matter that should instead bring us together by creating a separate Independence Day based on the color of one’s skin.  We asked Democrats to work with us on the floor to change the name to one that properly recognizes the importance of the day without creating a separate “Independence Day,” however, Democrats refused.  As a country, we must stop dividing ourselves by race and unite in our common pursuit of the ideals set forth in our Declaration of Independence that all men are created equal.