on the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following
statement on President Bushs failure to renew Executive Order
13216, which continued the President's Advisory Commission on Asian
Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI):
Member of Congress from San Francisco, I have the privilege of representing
a large and strong Asian American and Pacific Islander community.
By percentage, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the countrys
fastest growing ethic group, and the community is a vibrant part
of our nation. As we say in California, the beauty is in the mix.
Our diversity is our strength.
2003, President Bush undermined the benefits that flow from our
diversity when he failed to renew the Executive Order on the President's
Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
has played a vital role in coordinating federal efforts to improve
AAPI participation in government programs. The Commission ensures
that federal programs are responsive to the distinct needs of diverse
Asian and Pacific Islander communities, advises the President on
efforts to improve the quality of life for the community, and increases
public and private involvement in improving the health and well-being
of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
the Commission to lapse, President Bush has signaled that support
for Asian American and Pacific Islander issues is not a priority
for his Administration. The President should reinstate the Commission
and reaffirm our nations commitment to this vital group of