GOP lawmakers introduce bill in support of Columbus Day

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Amid a growing movement to designated the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples' Day, two GOP lawmakers have introduced legislation in support of recognizing Columbus Day.
A statue of Christopher Columbus is seen standing in front of Union Station in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. Columbus Day is a federal holiday celebrated on October 12th this year, but is is not recognized by many states. Some states honor Native Americans on the holiday. Photo by Sarah Silbiger/UPI | License Photo

Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Amid a growing movement to designated the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples' Day, two GOP lawmakers introduced legislation in support of continuing to recognize it as Columbus Day.

Republican Reps. Andrew Garbarino of New York and Mark Amodei of Nevada introduced the bill Monday to support the observance of the federally recognized Columbus Day and to honor "the contributions of the Italian American community in our society, thanks to the influence of Christopher Columbus."

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"Columbus Day recognizes much more than just one man. It recognizes a day that changed the course of history -- thanks to the ingenuity and commitment of an Italian explorer -- and the generations of Italian American ingenuity that followed," Barbarino, an Italian American, said in a statement. "For this reason, Columbus Day is a point of great pride for our community and I am…
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