WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Democratic leaders unveiled the Democrat’s Hispanic Agenda, a set of policy principles that highlights Democrats’ continued commitment to the critical issues facing Latino families. The agenda, titled: Compromiso Demócrata con el Pueblo Latino: A New Direction for Latino Families embodies Democrats’ solid dedication to improving the quality of life of Hispanics and all Americans. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) and Robert Menéndez (D-NJ), and Congresswoman Grace Napolitano (D-CA), Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), joined over 100 local Hispanic community leaders as well as representatives from national Hispanic advocacy organizations, to unveil the agenda during the 7th Annual Democratic Hispanic Leadership Summit on Capitol Hill.
Recognizing the needs of Latino families, Democrats will take our country in a new direction by:
- Promoting Economic Empowerment for Latino Families.
- Securing Quality Education for Latino Students.
- Increasing Access to Affordable Health Care
- Ensuring a Secure and Dignified Retirement for our Seniors.,/li>
- Enacting Realistic and Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
- Protecting our National Security.
“I am proud to join my Democratic colleagues to unveil our Hispanic Agenda, as we recommit to fighting for the change that Latinos and all American working families are clamoring for,” Reid said. “Democrats are committed to advancing policies that will improve the quality of life of Latinos, such as providing a quality education for all students, securing our homeland, increasing access to affordable health care for all, enacting the tough, fair and practical comprehensive immigration reform that Americans want and need, and restoring our historic partnership with Latin America. For too long, this do-nothing Republican Congress has ignored – and in some cases worsened – the critical challenges facing Latinos. It is time for a new direction. This ‘Compromiso’ is the right step in that direction.”
“This month, we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and all of the achievements of the Hispanic community in our country,” Pelosi said. “We recognize that Latino values – family, faith, love of country, community – are American values. That is why today we are announcing our ‘Compromiso Demócrata con el Pueblo Latino: A New Direction for Latino Families,’ which embodies our commitment to economic security, real security and opportunity for all Americans.”
“By working together we can help put our nation back on track,” Clinton said. “This plan will help us to put policies in place that will create economic opportunity, foster education, expand access to health care, and make the American dream an American reality for Latino families and all families striving to achieve that dream.”
“Hispanics are an integral part of the fabric of America and contribute to all aspects of American life,” Napolitano said. “This Democratic ‘Compromiso con el Pueblo Latino’ recognizes the value of the Hispanic community and its contributions. This Compromiso must be implemented and fulfilled by Congress. We must ensure that Hispanics–and all Americans–have access to quality healthcare, have the opportunity to send their children to college, and have the resources to continue to start and expand their own businesses. Hispanics are a vital part of America and should, as this Compromiso acknowledges, be treated as such.”
“Hispanic families have the same hopes and aspirations as all Americans – to be safe, provide a quality education for their children, and have a fair shot at realizing the American Dream,” Menéndez said. “But under failed Republican policies, that dream is becoming harder and harder to attain. Today, we Democrats are making a covenant with all Hispanic families – that we will work everyday to ensure that the America Dream isn’t just a distant aspiration, but through sound domestic and foreign policies, can become a reality for all.”
To view the Democratic Hispanic Agenda in its entirety – in English – please visit the following site: http://democrats.senate.gov/pdfs/compromiso_eng_92106.pdf
To view the Agenda in Spanish, please visit the following site: /data/files/2006/09/21/newsroom/democratic-leaders-unveil-democrats-hispanic-agenda-recomit-to-a-new-direction-for-latino/compromiso_esp_92106.pdf