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Latino Daily News

Wednesday September 14, 2011

Bipartisan Resolution to Commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month Introduced to Congress

Bipartisan Resolution to Commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month Introduced to Congress

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In advance of our nation’s commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), and Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) today introduced a bipartisan resolution recognizing the month-long celebration and honoring the heritage, culture, and many contributions of Hispanic Americans throughout the history of the United States.

According to the US Census Bureau, there are currently over 50 million Latinos in the United States, representing the fastest growing and largest minority in this country.  Nearly one in every three children is of Hispanic descent, and that number is expected to increase by 60 percent over the next 20 years.  Hispanics now own more than 2.3 million businesses, and the growth of these businesses have outpaced non-minority owned firms by 44 percent according to the latest economic data from the US Census.  Moreover, the purchasing power of the Hispanic community is at nearly $1 trillion. 

Senator Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force said: “Since the founding of this nation, Hispanic Americans have played an immense role in its history, helping weave together the rich fabric of the American tapestry.  From the Armed Services, to our nation’s top companies, and to the arts, their legacy and value can be witnessed in every single area of national relevance. 

Senator Cornyn said: “Each year, I am inspired to see a growing number of Hispanic leaders taking the helm in every arena– from education to business and public service to science. I am proud to join my colleagues in introducing a Senate resolution honoring National Hispanic Heritage Month to pay tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have contributed so richly to our culture, economy and way of life.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said: “Hispanics are a rapidly growing part of our nation’s economic and social fabric, and I’m pleased to honor their contributions in Nevada and across the country.