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Latino Daily News

Thursday May 5, 2011

Sen. Menendez Introduces Bill to Recognize Importance of Cinco de Mayo

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) introduced bipartisan legislation to recognize the significance of the date May 5, 1862, when the Battle of Puebla was fought by Mexicans who were struggling for their independence and freedom.  Menendez, who is the Chairman of the Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force and one of two Hispanics in the Senate, congratulated all of the Mexican Americans who have enriched this country for decades with their contributions.

The key goal of the resolution is for the Senate to —

(1) recognizes the historical struggle for independence and freedom of the people of Mexico; and (2) calls upon the people of the United States to observe Cinco de Mayo with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

“I want to join millions of Mexican Americans in this festive celebration and also highlight the importance of their contributions to American society,” said Sen. Menendez. “New census figures show the significant growth of the Hispanic community in the nation, and Mexican Americans, as do many Hispanics, remind us of the importance of strong family values and hard work.  As Chairman of the Hispanic Task Force, I will continue to work toward creating jobs and fostering economic growth in the nation, so that Latinos and all Americans can continue to pursue the American dream.”