Higgins Kicks Off Hispanic Heritage Month With Remarks on the House Floor
Congressman Brian Higgins provided remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month and the contributions of the Hispanic community in Western New York and across the country.
Higgins said, in part, “This year the Hispanic Heritage Council is also celebrating ten years of work raising community awareness of the contributions our Hispanic friends and neighbors have made toward strengthening our community’s future. America is stronger because of its diversity. Our lives are enriched through a greater appreciation of other experiences and cultures. We are thankful for the opportunity to spotlight the contributions of the Hispanic community this month, and grateful to have the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York committed to this mission this year and every year.”
Higgins is also a co-sponsor of a Resolution being introduced in both the House and Senate recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 through October 15, and celebrating the contributions of Latinos in the United States.
The Census Bureau estimates Hispanics represent 18% of the population with over 59 million Hispanic Americans living in the continental U.S. plus an additional 3.3 million living in Puerto Rico.
The resolution points out that Hispanic-owned businesses represent the fastest growing segment of small businesses in the U.S., growing 15 times faster than the national average.
As of 2016, there were over 1.2 million living Hispanic veterans and an estimated 200,000 Hispanic active duty military serving in the Armed Forces.
In 2016, Congressman Higgins championed legislation awarding a Congressional Gold Medal to the Borinqueneers, a Puerto Rican unit within the United States Army that served as a segregated infantry regiment during World War I, World War I and the Korean War. Higgins was joined by members of the Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY for a special ceremony in Washington, D.C. after the bill was signed into law.
For more information on special local programming recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month, visit the Hispanic Heritage Council website at: http://hispanicheritagewny.org/.