Press Release ● Miscellaneous
For Immediate Release: 
May 1, 2020
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement on Asian Pacific American Heritage Month:

“Throughout the month of May, we honor the contributions of Americans of Asian and Pacific heritage.  For more than two centuries, people from Asia and the Pacific have been an integral part of building our country and adding to the richness of its cultural diversity.  In every field, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have made an enormous impact on our country and have been a source of inspiration to young people in their communities.  I’m proud to work alongside many colleagues in the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), who every day apply the lessons of their heritage and history to the work of making this country more just, more equal, and more committed to its mission of opportunity for all.  I will continue to support CAPAC in pushing for greater oversight of hate-crimes committed against Asian Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure that immigrant communities have access to screening, testing, and treatment as well as economic relief. 
“As we combat this global threat to public health, it is critical that we stand together to reject hate and xenophobia and stamp out racism and scapegoating wherever they occur.  We must not allow baseless and vile attacks against Asian Americans to go down in history as a part of our nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  That’s why I call on all Americans to join me this year in celebrating Asian Pacific Heritage Month and learning more about the extraordinary history of service and contribution by Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities throughout America’s history.  Together, inspired by that legacy and by the service of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders today in our national defense, in first response, in essential jobs, and in our health care sector, we can make 2020 an example of inclusion, unity, and the best of America.”