WASHINGTON, DC – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV); Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), chairman of the Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force; and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) introduced a resolution in the Senate in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, a month-long celebration which highlights the culture, achievements and contributions of Hispanics in the United States.
Senator Reid said: “I stand with the more than 46 million Latinos in Nevada and across the country as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. The triumphs and sacrifices of Hispanic Americans are woven into the fabric of our nation as they have played an integral role in building the United States into the nation that is today. Their success is our nation’s success. The hardships they face affect us all. That is why celebrating Hispanics should not just be about singing their praises, but supporting their efforts to make our nation a better place. I will continue to work to provide affordable health care to workers, scholarships to students, and immigration reform to help keep families together.”
Senator Menendez said: “I am proud to join millions of fellow Hispanics in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. We celebrate this month to honor the rich history and culture of Hispanics in the United States and their tremendous contributions and achievements since the days before the American Revolution. Hispanics have helped make the United State what it is today and will continue to be an important part of the fabric of this nation. With continued hard work and civic participation, the Hispanic community can realize an improved quality of life, better representation in government, and even greater cultural achievements. As the only Hispanic Senator and Chairman of the Hispanic Task Force, I look forward to continuing to work with the Senate leadership to ensure this thriving community has a voice and representation in the highest spheres of power.”
Senator Stabenow said: “As Hispanic Heritage Month gets underway, I am pleased to acknowledge the history and contributions of the rich and diverse community. Hispanic men and women have a long history of many important contributions to our nation, including in our Armed Services and as First-Responders. As celebrations and events occur throughout the nation this year, the community should rest assured that I will continue to fight for legislation that positively impacts the Latino community.”
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are more than 46 million Hispanics in the United States, which is equivalent to approximately 15% of the total population. In addition, there are approximately 4 million residents of Puerto Rico. For more data on Latinos, click here <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/013984.html> .