The bill which is likely to pass the House would make Juneteenth the 12th federal holiday.
Juneteenth, celebrated annually on June 19 and already recognized as a holiday in 45 states, commemorates the end of slavery in Confederate states.
Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas, and told the last enslaved people they were free two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation freed those under bondage.
Federal lawmakers' efforts to make Juneteenth a federal holiday gained significantly more momentum past year amid the nationwide protests following George Floyd's murder by a Minneapolis police officer.More news: Single-dose of Covid-19 vaccine sufficient for already infected people
Ivey's proclamation also comes as Alabama and other southern states continue to grapple with the push to remove monuments to the Confederacy, and rename buildings and schools named in honor of the Confederacy.
The Senate passed the bill under a unanimous consent agreement that expedites the process for considering legislation.
"While it still seems odd that having taxpayers provide federal employees paid time off is now required to celebrate the end of slavery, it is clear that there is no appetite in Congress to further discuss the matter", Johnson said.
"While it still seems unusual that having taxpayers provide federal employees paid time off is not required to celebrate the end of slavery, it is clear that there is no appetite in Congress to further discuss the matter", he added.More news: Bidens to have tea with Queen Elizabeth as G7 ends
The bill is sponsored by Sen.
By making it a federal holiday, the bill only guarantees federal workers will get Juneteenth off, there is no requirement that private businesses give employees the day off. Edward Markey, D-Mass., and had 60 co-sponsors.
Juneteenth began as a holiday in the State of Texas and is now celebrated in cities and states throughout the country as a special day of observance in recognition of the emancipation of all slaves in the United States.
"Today, the House will take up legislation to make #Juneteenth a federal holiday", Hoyer tweeted, thanking Sens. "Many Black Americans feel as though this is the first time in a long time that they have been heard in a way across the culture".More news: At least 13 people wounded in Austin, Texas shooting