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Cárdenas Leads Bipartisan Hispanic Heritage Resolution and Calls for Unity in a Time of Discord

Sep 23, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month and honoring Citizenship Day, Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) today led the introduction of the commemorative resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives. Cárdenas’ resolution is bipartisan, with 62 House Members signed on as original co-sponsors.

“Hispanic Heritage Month is a time when we celebrate the incredible contributions that the Hispanic community has made over hundreds of years of collaboration and integration with the United States,” said Rep. Tony Cárdenas. “Our community has helped strengthen the U.S. economy and positively contributed to the nation’s culture, education, businesses and armed forces. We must focus on the positive attributes we bring and detract from the inaccurate lies that some groups are pushing.”

Each year, the President designates September 15th to October 15th as Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrating the heritage and culture of Hispanics in the United States and the immense contributions they have made to our nation. Currently, Hispanics comprise 17 percent of the population, a number expected to grow to more than 30 percent by 2060.

Cárdenas’ resolution notes that Hispanic-Americans invest more than $1.3 trillion in the United States economy, more than the GDP of all but the top 15 nations in the world. There are more than 3.2 million firms owned by Hispanic-Americans, producing more than $468 billion in value.

Hispanic enlistment in the armed forces is higher than any demographic. Latinos have bravely fought in every war in the history of the United States. As of July 31, 2014, more than 164,000 Hispanic active duty service members served with distinction in the military of the United States.

Read the entire resolution here.

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