Menendez Celebrates Senate Passage of Hispanic Heritage Month Resolution

Menendez Celebrates Senate Passage of Hispanic Heritage Month Resolution

Senate adopted Menendez’s bipartisan resolution recognizing September 15th through October 15th as a month to celebrate and honor Hispanic culture in the United States

   

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) the Highest Ranking Latino in Congress continues to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month after the full Senate adopted his bipartisan resolution recognizing September 15th through October 15th as a month to celebrate and honor Hispanic culture in the United States. The bipartisan resolution was co-sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and 28 other Senators. 

“In a moment when our community is the target of the Administration’s attacks, we must come together and proudly celebrate our culture,” said Sen. Menendez. “Hispanics are a fundamental part of the fabric of this nation, and our countless contributions are essential to our economy, our society and our nature as a diverse and welcoming nation. Regardless of what a reduced group of extremists in power want to make believe of our community, we will continue to help build and strengthen this country and strive towards a more perfect union, because there’s no American Dream without Hispanic Americans.”

This resolution recognizes the integral role of Latinos and Latinas in the economy, culture, and identity of the United States. Hispanic Americans are the largest racial or ethnic minority group in the U.S. representing more than 58 million people (18% of the U.S. population), plus another 3.4 million in Puerto Rico. Fifteen States - Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington – have populations of close to a million or more Latino and Latina residents. 

With an annual purchasing power of $1.5 trillion, Hispanic Americans own more than 4,700,000 businesses that support millions of jobs and contribute more than six trillion in revenue to the economy of the United States.

Joining Sen. Menendez and Sen. Cornyn in cosponsoring this resolution were Senators: Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Michael F. Bennet (D-Colo.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kamala Harris (D- Calif.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.),  Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Richard Durbin (D-Ill.)

Sen. Menendez also used the occasion to invite New Jersey's Latino community to attend his Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration on Saturday, October 13th at the Union City High School, NJ. Featuring special guests Ana Navarro and Raul de Molina, this event will gather hundreds of community members to celebrate the contributions of Latinos and Latinas to the United States. Attendees should RSVP to www.menendez.senate.gov/HHM-2018