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Sen. Ron Johnson files amendment to replace Columbus Day with Juneteenth

WISCONSIN (CBS 58) -- US Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) wants to get rid of Columbus Day as a national holiday and replace it with Juneteenth.

It comes after the introduction of a Senate bill last week that would establish the holiday.

Columbus Day falls on Oct. 12.

This proposal would add a summer federal holiday in exchange for the fall one.

“In response to a bipartisan effort to give federal workers another day of paid leave by designating Juneteenth a federal holiday, we have offered a counterproposal that does not put us further in debt,” said Sen. Johnson. “We support celebrating emancipation with a federal holiday, but believe we should eliminate a current holiday in exchange. We chose Columbus Day as a holiday that is lightly celebrated, and least disruptive to Americans’ schedules.”

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