Pelosi Discusses Legislative
Agenda with Asian Pacific American Leaders
Washington, D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California
and other Democrats hosted a roundtable discussion with leaders
of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community this week. The group
discussed the upcoming legislative agenda and how issues surrounding
education, health care, and the economy impact the APA community.
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi with Asian Pacific American leaders
is our strength," Pelosi said. "The leaders at this meeting
come from a variety of backgrounds, and I am pleased that we have
united together behind a common legislative agenda."
The discussion came after the defeat of Californias Proposition
54, an initiative that would have prevented the collection and use
of racial data by state or local governments. Pelosi and the APA
leaders strongly opposed Proposition 54 and stressed the importance
of accurate data collection in combating racial discrimination in
health care, education, law enforcement, and other areas.
vital that we recognize and address the specific needs of the APA
community," Pelosi said. "We will work together to improve
data collection to help eliminate health disparities, designate
funds for APA serving institutions, and eliminate the 'model minority'
myth that pervades the higher education system."
working to improve the quality of life for APA communities nationwide.
In recent months, Democrats have pushed for full funding of the
No Child Left Behind Act and have fought to protect key health care
programs, such as Medicare. Democrats continuously speak out against
racial profiling practices and have been vigilant about protecting
civil liberties in the wake of September 11th.
has been a beacon of liberty throughout the world, encouraging people
to fight for freedom and drawing newcomers to our shores,"
continued Pelosi. "Our Founders knew that as we protect and
defend the American people, we must also protect and defend the
Constitution of the United States. We cannot, and we must not, allow
our civil liberties to become a casualty in the war on terrorism."
Nancy Pelosi was elected by an overwhelming majority of her peers
last year to serve as the Democratic Leader in the U.S. House of
Representatives. She is the first woman to lead a major political
party. One of her first acts as Leader was to appoint Congressman
Bob Matsui (D-CA) to lead the Democratic Congressional Campaign
Committee. He is the first Asian American to hold a leadership position