Hoyer Statement on Hispanic Heritage Month

For Immediate Release:

September 15, 2011

Contact:

Daniel Reilly, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins today, September 15, and runs through October 15:

“Today marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, a time to reflect on the history of Latinos in this country and to pay tribute to the contributions they have made in shaping America’s culture and achievements. It is an opportunity for all Americans to celebrate the success of generations of Latinos; from military and public service to business, education and the arts, they have enriched our nation’s heritage.

“At the same time, we must also recognize the challenges facing the Latino community today, which was one of the hardest hit communities by the recession. Pursuing policies that bring economic security and opportunity for a better life to the Hispanic community is at the root of Democrats’ Make It In America plan. We are focused on revitalizing American innovation and industry, investing in education and our workforce and rebuilding our communities so that we can create well-paying jobs, grow the economy and ensure more working families can make it in America. I urge my colleagues, and all Americans, to join me in celebrating the numerous contributions of the Latino community and doing what we can to ensure all working Latino families have every chance to succeed.”

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