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Juneteenth march on June 19, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)

The House voted 415-14 on Wednesday to make Juneteenth a federal holiday.

The big picture: All those voting against the measure were Republicans. The vote comes one day after the Senate unanimously approved the bill and three days before the holiday.

Catch up quick: Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19, memorializes when the last enslaved people in Texas learned about their freedom under the Emancipation Proclamation.

  • 49 states and D.C. already commemorate Juneteenth, but the passage of the bill makes the day a legal federal holiday.
  • In June 2020, then-Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced legislation to make Juneteenth a national holiday.

Worth noting: The bill's passage comes amid GOP-led attacks on critical race theory, which dismisses the notion that racism stems from acts of individuals and says instead that it's ingrained in our society and how the country formed.

Republicans who voted against the bill:

  • Rep. Matt Rosendale (Mont.)
  • Rep. Thomas Massie (Ky.)
  • Rep. Scott DesJarlais (Tenn.)
  • Rep. Mo Brooks (Ala.)
  • Rep. Andy Biggs (Ariz.)
  • Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-Wis.)
  • Rep. Doug LaMalfa (Calif.)
  • Rep. Tom McClintock (Calif.)
  • Rep. Mike Rogers (Ala.)
  • Rep. Ronny Jackson (Tex.)
  • Rep. Ralph Norman (S.C.)
  • Rep. Andrew Clyde (Ga.)
  • Rep. Chip Roy (Tex.)
  • Rep. Paul Matt Gosar (Ariz.)

What's next: The legislation now goes to President Biden for his signature.

Go deeper: States and corporations move to recognize Juneteenth

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Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.) Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images

Several Democratic lawmakers are calling on Biden to push back the Aug. 31 deadline to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan, arguing that U.S. military presence is crucial to the safe evacuation of both Americans and Afghan partners.

Driving the news: Three members of the Armed Services Committee urged the president to reconsider the deadline following a classified congressional briefing from administration officials on the situation in Afghanistan.

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Biden will move U.S. troops to Eastern Europe "in the near term"

President Biden boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews on Jan. 28. Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden said on Friday he plans to move U.S. troops to Eastern European and NATO countries “in the near term.”

Driving the news: “Not too many” U.S. troops, Biden added in remarks to reporters at Joint Base Andrew upon returning from a trip to Pennsylvania.