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WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released a video message today marking Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins today and continues through October 15. Below is a transcript and a link to the video.
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“Hi – I’m Steny Hoyer, the Democratic Whip in the House of Representatives.
“I’m proud to join you in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.
“This year, Hispanic Heritage Month comes at a moment when Latinos are preparing to help shape the direction of our country in ways more important than ever before.
“Throughout American history, Latinos have joined in the process of making our union a more perfect one, and our nation is stronger today because of Latinos who have served in uniform; marched in protest; and contributed to our economy, the arts, sciences, government, and popular culture.
“I’ve been proud to stand with my colleagues in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus who are leading the charge on issues critical to Latino communities, ranging from comprehensive immigration reform to paid family and medical leave to more affordable higher education.
“In just a few weeks, America will continue its 240-year experiment in representative democracy, and it is critical that every voice is heard, that all Americans share in this project of charting our course forward.
“Only together as one nation, indivisible by color, creed, language, or national origin, can we forge a path ahead that is truly one of unbounded opportunity and justice for all.
“So as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month together, let us take pride in the achievements of the past and draw upon them to inspire us to meet the challenges of today and of the future. God bless you.”