Menendez, Cornyn and Reid Introduce Resolution Commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month and the Contributions of Hispanic Americans

Menendez, Cornyn and Reid Introduce Resolution Commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month and the Contributions of Hispanic Americans

Washington- In advance of our nation's commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), and Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) today introduced a bipartisan resolution recognizing the month-long celebration and honoring the heritage, culture, and many contributions of Hispanic Americans throughout the history of the United States.

According to the US Census Bureau, there are currently over 50 million Latinos in the United States, representing the fastest growing and largest minority in this country. Nearly one in every three children is of Hispanic descent, and that number is expected to increase by 60 percent over the next 20 years. Hispanics now own more than 2.3 million businesses, and the growth of these businesses have outpaced non-minority owned firms by 44 percent according to the latest economic data from the US Census. Moreover, the purchasing power of the Hispanic community is at nearly $1 trillion.

Hispanic Americans have been a long and integral part of this nation's history. Latinos have served in all branches of the Armed Forces, and have bravely fought in every war in the history of the United States, including the over 29,000 Hispanics serving in Afghanistan and Iraq today. In fact, 41 Hispanic Americans have received the Congressional Medal of Honor - the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force that can be bestowed on an individual serving in the Armed Forces.

Senator Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force said: "Since the founding of this nation, Hispanic Americans have played an immense role in its history, helping weave together the rich fabric of the American tapestry. From the Armed Services, to our nation's top companies, and to the arts, their legacy and value can be witnessed in every single area of national relevance. I am proud to introduce this resolution with my colleagues Senator Cornyn and Senator Reid, and urge all Americans to commemorate this important month."

Senator Cornyn said: "Each year, I am inspired to see a growing number of Hispanic leaders taking the helm in every arena- from education to business and public service to science. I am proud to join my colleagues in introducing a Senate resolution honoring National Hispanic Heritage Month to pay tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have contributedso richly to our culture, economy and way of life," Sen. Cornyn said.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said:"Hispanics are a rapidly growing part of our nation's economic and social fabric, and I'm pleased to honor their contributions in Nevada and across the country.As consumers and business owners, members of the Latino community are vital to our country's economic well-being.I applaud Senator Menendez for introducing this resolution that commemorates Hispanic Heritage Month, and reaffirm my commitment to solving the issues that matter most to Hispanics: the unity of their families, the education of their children and the creation of jobs that help them and their communities prosper."

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