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Va. lawmakers want Washington's holiday on Feb. 22

Wednesday - 2/29/2012, 11:08am  ET

WASHINGTON - Legislation sponsored by three Virginia congressmen would restore Feb. 22 as the permanent federal holiday to recognize the birthday of Founding Father George Washington.

Since 1968, Washington's birthday has been observed on the third Monday in February, rather than his actual birthday, Feb. 22. That has led the holiday to become known as Presidents' Day, even though it is still designated by Congress as a holiday to mark Washington's birthday.

On Wednesday Congress will hold a hearing on legislation sponsored by Reps. Frank Wolf, R-Va., Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and Jim Moran, D-Va., to move the holiday back to Feb. 22. They say the change would prompt Americans to focus more sharply on Washington's legacy.

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., is sponsoring a similar bill in his chamber.

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