Menendez on Edward Roybal’s Presidential Medal of Freedom Award

Menendez on Edward Roybal’s Presidential Medal of Freedom Award

NEWARK, NJ - US Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) issued the following statement after the late Congressman Edward R. Roybal was named as a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award by President Obama.

"Edward Roybal's vision and work opened doors for a new generation of Latino leaders, like me, who stand on his shoulders. As founder of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, NALEO, and one our first Latino leaders in Congress, Edward Roybal was the embodiment of public service. He dedicated his life to working on issues critical to the people he represented and to the future of this nation. In my view, there is no one more deserving of the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award than Edward Roybal, a man whose profound legacy continues to serve as a guidepost in our fight to ensure Hispanic Americans have a voice in our nation's democracy."

Earlier this year, NALEO presented Senator Menendez and the rest of the Senate's bipartisan Gang of 8 with the prestigiousEdward R. RoybalAward for Outstanding Public Service at the organization's annualNALEO Edward R. Roybal Legacy Gala. The award recognized the efforts of U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez, Michael Bennet, Dick Durbin, Charles Schumer, Jeff Flake, Lindsey Graham, John McCain and Marco Rubio to move immigration reform forward by developing and securing passage of bipartisan legislation that would fix our nation's broken immigration system

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