Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month. Hispanic Heritage month, which runs from September 15th to October 15th, celebrates the longstanding history and many contributions of Hispanic Americans throughout the United States. The United States is home to 54 million Hispanics and is the second largest Spanish-speaking country in the world.
“This month I join Hispanics in my home state of Nevada and across the country in celebrating the continued achievements and contributions of the Hispanic community to the United States. The presence of Hispanics in America precedes our nation’s founding and has always enriched our society and culture. From Nevada’s well-established Latino community to the American heartland, Latinos are revitalizing our communities and strengthening our economy. Hispanics have excelled in business, public service, in our Armed Forces, in sports, and in the arts to name a few, inspiring all young Americans to aspire to great things.
“Without the contributions made by generations of Latinos, Nevada and the United States would not be what they are today. I will continue to defend the issues critical to Latino communities, including education, health care, comprehensive immigration reform, equal pay, raising the minimum wage and combating climate change.”