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Isabella Fertel
By Isabella Fertel June 25, 2021

No, Maxine Waters Didn’t Write A Bill To Rename Memorial Day As ‘George Floyd Day’

If Your Time is short

  • In the days before Memorial Day, social media users claimed that California Congresswoman Maxine Waters introduced a bill to rename Memorial Day in honor of Geroge Floyd.

  • This is false. Waters did not introduce a bill to change Memorial Day to “George Floyd Day.”

  • Waters co-sponsored the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021 in February, but the bill doesn’t propose renaming Memorial Day.

In the days before Memorial Day, Facebook users took to their feeds to express their outrage that U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters wanted to rename Memorial Day to "George Floyd Day."

We found multiple posts on social media claiming that Waters, a Democrat from California, had introduced a bill to Congress proposing that the holiday’s name be changed. 

"Maxine Waters just introduced a bill to re-name Memorial Day — George Floyd Day. Are you FRICK’N kidding me?" one user posted on May 26. 

This post with false information about Rep. Maxine Waters appeared on Facebook this spring. 

That particular post was shared more than 90 times, and the claim that Waters wrote a bill to rename Memorial Day has gone viral on Facebook — we’ve also seen it pop up on Twitter

Facebook users flagged the post through the company's effort to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about PolitiFact California’s partnership with Facebook.) 

Our Research

Waters did not introduce a bill to Congress to change Memorial Day to "George Floyd Day." 

We reached out to the Congresswoman’s office both by email and by phone more than five times, but did not receive a response.

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We looked at all of the bills that Waters has sponsored or co-sponsored on the United States Congress website. There is no record of her proposing legislation to create a "George Floyd Day," nor is there a bill anywhere else in the Congressional Record. 

In February, Waters co-sponsored the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021, which passed the House in March. But nowhere in that bill is it proposed that Memorial Day be changed to "George Floyd Day."

No media outlet has covered a proposal by Waters to change Memorial Day to "George Floyd Day," further confirming that this claim is not grounded in reality.

Waters has sponsored a handful of bills in recent months, including legislation that would "provide remedy for survivors and descendants of the victims of the Tulsa, Oklahoma Race Massacre of 192." However, the California Congresswoman did not introduce or sponsor any sort of legislation proposing that Memorial Day be renamed in honor of George Floyd. 

Our Ruling

Multiple posts on Facebook claim that "Maxine Waters just introduced a bill to rename Memorial Day George Floyd Day." 

That’s simply not true. 

We looked at all of the bills that Waters has sponsored or co-sponsored so far this year and found nothing proposing that Memorial Day be changed to George Floyd Day. Furthermore, we couldn’t find a single media outlet reporting that Waters proposed renaming Memorial Day. 

Waters co-sponsored the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021, but that bill does not propose renaming Memorial Day after Floyd. 

We rate this statement as Pants on Fire. 

PANTS ON FIRE – The statement is not accurate and makes a ridiculous claim

Our Sources

Dodson, Jim. "Maxine Waters just introduced a bill to re-name Memorial Day George Floyd Day. Are you FRICK’N kidding me?" Facebook. Posted 26 May 2021. Accessed 4 Jun 2021. 

Evon, Dan. "Is Maxine Waters Changing ‘Memorial Day’ to ‘George Floyd Day’?" Snopes. Published 28 May 2021. Accessed 4 Jun 2021.

Woltmann, Suzy."Memorial Day Isn’t Being Changed to George Floyd Day." Misbar. Posted 28 May 2021. Accessed 4 Jun 2021. 

Library of Congress. "Representative Maxine Waters." United States Congress. Accessed 4 Jun 2021. 

Library of Congress. "Congress.gov." United States Congress. Accessed 4 Jun 2021. 

Library of Congress. "H.R.1280 - George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021." United States Congress. Accessed 4 Jun 2021. 

Library of Congress. "H.R.3466 - To provide a remedy for survivors and descendants of the victims of the Tulsa, Oklahoma Race Massacre of 1921." United States Congress. Accessed 4 Jun 2021.

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