NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker last week joined a group of their colleagues in introducing a resolution recognizing the significance of Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month and the contributions of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.

“The accomplishments of Asian American and Pacific Islanders in New Jersey and across our country deserve to be recognized and celebrated. Their contributions to our government, economy, the arts and sciences are part of America’s history and fabric,” said Sen. Menendez. “While we celebrate the AAPI community, we must continue fighting for a more equal and just society for all Americans.”

“While we have celebrated the history and many achievements of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community throughout May, we must remember inclusion is not a monthly exercise,” said Sen. Booker. “Members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community strengthen the fabric of our nation and we must continue to recognize their contributions and fight for greater visibility and opportunity across the country and here in New Jersey.”

The resolution also recognizes several significant milestones for the APPI community, such as the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies; the 40th anniversary of the first Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week; the 45th anniversary of Lau v. Nichols, which expanded equal educational opportunities and paved the way for bilingual programs in public schools; and the 150th anniversary of the completion of the first Transcontinental railroad.

A copy of the resolution can be found here.

In addition to Sens. Menendez and Booker, the resolution is cosponsored by Senators Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Bob Casey (D-Penn.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.).