Unveil Hispanic Agenda
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left to right: Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Robert Menendez,
Senator Hillary Clinton, Representative Nydia Velazquez.
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democratic
Leader Tom Daschle, Democratic Caucus Chair Bob Menendez, Congressional
Hispanic Caucus Chair Ciro Rodriguez, other Members of the Congressional
Hispanic Caucus, and Senators Hillary Clinton and Barbara Boxer
held a news conference today to unveil the Democrats' Hispanic agenda.
Representatives from national Hispanic organizations also participated
to support and endorse the Democratic Hispanic agenda.
The agenda, called "Compromiso Demócrata con el Pueblo
Latino -- The Hispanic Community and the Democratic Party: Working
Together for America's Future," addresses the issues of jobs
and the economy, education, health care, civil rights and immigration,
and relations between the U.S. and Latin America. A copy of the
agenda can be found here in English, and here in Spanish. Below
are Leader Pelosi's remarks from the event:
you very much Leader Daschle for your inspiring statement and for
your strong leadership in advancing the Democrats Hispanic
agenda. Its a pleasure to join you and Senator Clinton, who
has been a prime mover of this whole initiative. Thank you, Senator
Clinton. And of course its a pleasure to be here with my fellow
Californian, Senator Boxer.
"Everything that Leader Daschle said about Hispanics and the
Hispanic contribution to America we know first hand in our great
Golden State. In the House, we have a very strong Hispanic Caucus.
Part of our leadership is with us -- Bob Menendez, Chair of Democratic
Caucus, and Ciro Rodriguez, who is the Chair of the Hispanic Caucus
in the House of Representatives, and so many of my colleagues from
the Hispanic Caucus as well.
we know that every time a newcomer comes to our shores, our society
is greatly invigorated. We all take great pride in talking about
family values in our country. Its hard to think of any group
that makes those family values stronger than the Hispanic community.
Whether in California, where people have been there 400 years, or
if theyve just arrived hours or minutes ago, our country is
blessed by the commitment to family, to faith, to the work ethic,
to the academic ethic, and to the community that the Hispanic community
prizes and treasures.
in advancing our Democratic agenda today, it is in recognition that
when we talk about the Hispanic community, that we are talking about
a stronger America. When we talk about the Hispanic community, we
are talking about a brighter future, not only for the Hispanic community,
but for our entire country. And its about economic opportunity,
and central to that is education.
are great differences between Democrats and Republicans in terms
of our priorities in investing in education, giving every child
in America an excellent education.
recognize that the diversity that the Hispanic community brings
to our country is a source of great strength, and every one of those
children could be the President of the United States, or anything
that he or she aspires to. But it cannot happen without the economic
security of their families being advanced by the strong economic
agenda that we are advancing today, without the key to it all, excellent
and universal access to quality education for all children, as well
as access to quality health care. The disparity and access to quality
health care is one that we address and that must be resolved.
were here to meet challenges, to celebrate our diversity,
and to join together with our Hispanic colleagues and reach out
to others to say: 'What a priority you are to us, and there will
not be a credibility gap as to what we say and what we commit our
resources to, which is the case with the Bush Administration.'
pleased to welcome the leaders of so many Hispanic organizations
throughout the country in joining us in this important rollout,
and again commend Leader Daschle, Senator Clinton, Senator Boxer
on the Senate side, and my colleagues on the House side for their
leadership in making this agenda possible.
committed to it. It is our promise, and we will keep it. Thank you."