Americans may feel Irish luck with a day off if Pennsylvania is GOP Representative Brian Fitzpatricks Invoice becomes law.
The St. Patrick’s Daythe Pennsylvania Republican who shares his name with Spring Break took to social media to announce that he is dropping a bill to enshrine the observance as a federal holiday.
“Heading indoors to introduce the St. Patrick’s Day Act to make St. Patrick’s Day a federal holiday,” Fitzpatrick wrote Friday with two shamrock emojis.
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Fitzpatrick’s St. Patrick’s Day bill has a chance of getting through the House with a Republican majority and will likely be backed by the majority of lawmakers who like extra days off.
St Patrick’s Day venerates the death on March 17 of St Patrick, an Irish Christian martyr who is considered a cornerstone of Irish culture and the patron saint of Ireland itself, as well as a national apostle.
St Patrick first arrived in Ireland as a slave aged 16 after being kidnapped in Roman Britain in the fifth century.
St Patrick escaped from slavery, returned to Ireland and brought Christianity to the people of the nation.
The shamrock, the symbol of St Patrick’s Day, comes from the legend that the saint used the three leaf clover to explain the Holy Trinity to the people of Ireland.
St. Patrick’s Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick has been celebrated on March 17 in Ireland since the 9th or 10th century, but the first parade for the holiday took place in 1601 in what is now St. Augustine, Florida.
However, the boisterous holiday, which is celebrated with beer falls, has been a relatively quiet affair for some in Washington.
President Biden did not answer reporters’ questions during a meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on Friday, after White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters the day before they would have the opportunity.
Biden and Varadkar each spoke briefly, taking turns issuing statements expressing friendship between the US and Ireland, reaffirming their mutual support for Ukraine in its war against Russia, and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. At the end of her speech, reporters called out questions, but Biden smiled and declined to answer as the press was ushered out of the White House room.
Biden’s refusal to answer questions broke a promise by his press secretary, who said Thursday there would be an opportunity for the press to get answers from the president. Reporters broke out at the White House, pointing out that the President is showing a pattern of avoiding the press when world leaders visit the United States.
“I’ve talked about it a lot… I’ve brought it up many times, explaining that these are diplomatic talks that take place with the visiting countries and it’s something that’s decided that way,” Jean-Pierre had said, sounding frustrated .
“You will have the opportunity, or your colleagues will have the opportunity, to ask questions during the pool spray at the Oval, which happens whenever a head of state visits. So this is an opportunity to be able to pose a question to the president or head of state who is visiting the White House that day,” she promised.
But reporters who have covered Biden for two years objected that he never answers questions during pool sprays.
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“That’s not true,” Jean-Pierre insisted. “He answered questions.”
In fact, Biden didn’t answer any questions on Friday.
Fox News Digital’s Chris Pandolfo and Brandon Gillepsie contributed coverage.
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