Press Release
For Immediate Release: 
May 3, 2021
Contact Info: 
Margaret Mulkerrin 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which is observed throughout May

“As we observe Asian Pacific American Heritage Month this year, I join in reflecting on the contributions that generations of Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities have made to our country.  This month offers all Americans a chance to celebrate the AAPI community and its contributions to building our country and shaping our democracy.  I am grateful for the opportunity to work alongside my colleagues who serve in the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) and am inspired by the work they do to advance equal opportunity and a better future for all Americans.
 
"While celebrating the accomplishments of the AAPI community, this year there is profound sadness as well: Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities have faced an alarming surge in racially motivated violence and anti-Asian discrimination during the COVID-19 pandemic.  As we observe Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we must recognize the injustices experienced by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and work together to end them.
 
"These evils of racism and xenophobia have no place in our country or the world, and we cannot allow these injustices to stand.  I continue to support the efforts of CAPAC and Chairwoman Judy Chu in advocating for greater oversight of anti-Asian incidents and crimes and ensuring economic relief in Asian-American communities across the country.  I am pleased that the Senate has passed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, and I look forward to bringing this bill to the House Floor during the upcoming legislative work period.
 
“Throughout this month, and all year long, we recognize and celebrate Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities for their tremendous contributions to American life, and we stand in solidarity with them against discrimination and hate.”