*Hispanic Heritage Month

*Hispanic Heritage Month Related

Hi – I’m Steny Hoyer, the Democratic Whip in the House of Representatives. I’m proud to join you in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.



I offer my deepest condolences to the families and friends who lost loved ones in this week’s attack in Nice, France. 


I’m excited to be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and the tremendous contributions Latinos have made to this country throughout its history.


Today marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, a celebration of the vast contributions of Latinos to our country. 


I join in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins today.  Since our nation’s earliest days, Latinos have played an important role in building strong democratic institutions, making our economy the strongest in the world, and fighting under our flag in defense of freedom. 


Hispanic Heritage Month, which began on Sunday, is an opportunity for all Americans to reflect on the many ways in which Hispanic cultures have enriched our nation and how Latinos have contributed so much to our national life. 


“I’m proud to join Americans across the country in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. From our earliest days, Latinos have contributed to building a strong America and fighting to ensure that our nation lives up to the full promise of its democracy.


"I am very proud to join in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. In every area of our national life – in science, in sports, in politics, and of course in entertainment, the Hispanic community has had a positive impact, and one from which all of us benefit.


“Tomorrow we celebrate the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, an opportunity to acknowledge the countless contributions Latinos have made to our nation. During this time, I join in recognizing how the Hispanic community has shaped and improved our nation – through science, sports, politics, entertainment, business, and many other fields.  The roots of the Hispanic community in our country run as deep as its history, and Latinos have played a central role in helping our nation succeed and grow.  We are especially thankful for the service and sacrifices of Latino service-members on the front lines in Afghanistan, as well as those who have served in prior conflicts throughout our nation’s history.  During Hispanic Heritage Month, we look back on the community’s achievements while also celebrating their continued role strengthening America.


In 2006, Abby Martinez started ARM, a woman and minority-owned small business, in Los Ojos, New Mexico to provide furniture, IT hardware, office supplies and staff augmentation services to global corporations and government-funded entities.


William “Bill” Valenzuela founded the family-owned W.G. Valenzuela Drywall Company in 1979 in Tucson, Arizona, which has been recognized as one of top 500 Hispanic Businesses in the United States. His company offers a wide range of services, including metal framing, drywall and painting; and today, he employs more than 250 employees.


Max Navarro and Dr. Lynda Y. de la Vina founded Operational Technologies Corporation in 1986 in San Antonio, Texas, which has been recognized as one of the fastest growing small business companies in the United States.