Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Hispanic Caucus: We’re With Her

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus is preparing to announce their endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president Friday morning. Members of the group’s political arm began polling members yesterday to determine if there was enough support before going through with the endorsement. This is an effort by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to help Secretary Clinton secure the […]

Latino Lawmakers Urge Rubio to Drop Nomination Hold

Florida Senator Marco Rubio continues to hold up the nomination of President Obama’s nominee to be ambassador to Mexico and now, after months of delay, 19 fellow Latino lawmakers are calling on Rubio to allow a full vote by the U.S. Senate, in a vote Roberta Jacobson, current Assistant Secretary of State for the Western […]

Hispanic Lawmakers Upset Over NBC Executive’s “Illegal” Comment

It what was supposed to be a fence-mending meeting between NBC News executives and Hispanic lawmakers on Capitol Hill angry over a recent appearance by real estate mogul Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live (SNL), however, comments by NBC News President Deborah Turness at the outset simply exacerbated the already palpable tension in the room, […]

Reps. Ben Ray Lujan and Linda Sanchez Tapped for Top Leadership Positions

Reps. Ben Ray Lujan (D – NM) and Linda Sanchez (D- CA) were recently appointed to top leadership positions within the Democratic Party. On Monday, House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, nominated Lujan to serve as the next chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). Yesterday, members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) elected Sanchez […]

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Voices Strong Support for Labor Sec. Thomas Perez for U.S. Attorney General

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) officially endorsed Labor Secretary Thomas Perez for U.S.  Attorney General on Tuesday. Secretary Perez has purportedly been on the shortlist of candidates since Attorney General Eric Holder announced he would step down from the position last month. The CHC  joins many leading Latino organizations, including the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda […]

Latino Leaders and Activists Urge President Obama to Nominate Labor Sec. Tom Perez for Attorney General

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda are among the many Latino leaders urging President Obama to nominate Labor Secretary Tom Perez as the next U.S. attorney general. Leaders and activists cite Perez’s proven record of leadership and commitment to serving diverse communities as signs that he would be an ideal candidate […]

White House Officials Meet with Congressional Hispanic Caucus to Discuss Immigration Delay

On Thursday, top White House officials met with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to assuage their concerns over the president’s decision to delay taking executive action on immigration until after the November midterms. Latino lawmakers were understandably livid over the delay but used the meeting with the White House to identify viable next steps […]

Guest Blogger: Rep. Ben Ray Luján “Engaging Minorities in Our Nation’s Energy Future”

I recently had the honor of participating in a congressional forum highlighting the Minorities in Energy Initiative hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy. This initiative seeks to connect diverse stakeholders — businesses, communities, schools, and individuals — to address challenges and opportunities for minority engagement in the energy sector. The spirited discussion included many […]

Excelencia in Education: Placing Latinos in the Financial Aid Conversation

Excelencia in Education is using a Capitol Hill briefing today to release the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded white paper Using A Latino Lens To Reimagine Aid Design And Delivery. “This is a framing document getting people to think about what they can be doing as they develop policy regarding Latinos and federal financial aid,” Deborah Santiago, Excelencia in […]

Needs of Same-Sex Couples Addressed in Comprehensive Immigration Reform

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) released yesterday its nine fundamental principles for comprehensive immigration reform, creating an inclusion for same-sex couples. In the document released on November 28, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus states that the second stepping stone in comprehensive immigration reform is protecting the sanctity of marriage. The reform references same-sex couples in the […]