Reid: Honoring Hispanic Heritage Month
September 17, 2013
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Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, observed from September 15 to October 15. The month honors the countless contributions Latinos have made to the United States.
“I am honored to join this month over 52 million Latinos in Nevada and across the country in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. For centuries, the Hispanic community has contributed to our country’s progress. Nevada’s noticeable Hispanic influence is evident in both the name of our state and our most famous city, Las Vegas. This month should be one to celebrate, but also one to reflect on what we can do as policy makers to meet the needs of the Latino community.
“One of those areas is healthcare. I remind the community that enrollment for the Affordable Care Act begins on October 1. No group would benefit more from this law than Hispanics. Some 160,000 Latinos in Nevada are uninsured and they will be eligible for medical insurance coverage through the new Marketplaces.
“This year we were successful in passing a bipartisan immigration bill in the Senate and we should keep pushing Republicans in the House of Representatives to do their job, as the Senate did. Millions of Hispanic immigrant families deserve a vote on a bill with a path to citizenship. What better way to celebrate this important month than to pass a bill that would allow millions of families to stay together and reach their full potential?
“I celebrate with Latinos in Nevada and across the country and I reaffirm my commitment to supporting the Latino community through my work in the Senate. Together we will prevail. Happy Hispanic Heritage month.”