September 16, 2019

Cárdenas to Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month

WASHINGTON, DC – This week, Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) will be joined by U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) in introducing a commemorative resolution in the U.S. House and Senate recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month.

Cárdenas’ resolution, H. Res. 561 is supported by over 120 members of Congress who signed on as original cosponsors.

 “At a time when immigrants and Hispanic-Americans are being demonized by the President of the United States, it is more important than ever to recognize the contributions made by Latinos to this great country,” said Congressman Cárdenas. “Rather than using our differences to pin Americans against one another, we should celebrate the diversity of America that has historically been one of our greatest strengths. As the largest minority group in America, it is important that we understand Hispanic-American history and how integral Latinos have been in the economic success of America.”

Each year, the President designates September 15th to October 15th as Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrating the heritage and culture of Latinos in the United States and the immense contributions of Latinos to our nation. Latinos currently comprise 18 percent of the total U.S. population, a number expected to grow to more than 30 percent by 2060.

Cárdenas’ resolution notes that Hispanic-Americans contribute more than $1.7 trillion to the United States economy, more than the GDP of all but the top 17 nations in the world.

Hispanic-Americans also serve in all branches of the military and have bravely fought in every war in the history of the United States. As of 2019, there are more than 200,000 Hispanic active duty service members serving in the Armed Forces of the United States. 60 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 of the United States.