August 16 2002

Latino Leaders Give Democrats High Ratings on Issues Important to Hispanic Families

WASHINGTON — The House Democratic Leadership received an average score of 90 percent in the latest National Hispanic Leadership Agenda’s (NHLA) Congressional Score-card. The nonpartisan NHLA released today its 2002 Congressional Scorecard rating Members of Congress on votes taken in the House and Senate on issues of critical importance to the Hispanic community. The issues include the areas of education, civil rights, economic opportunities and health.

“I am pleased that the House Democratic Leadership received such a high score from NHLA. I have always dedicated my public service to the overwhelming value that every person in this country must be afforded an equal opportunity to succeed in their lives — I will always stand for that, and I’m honored to be a part of a leadership team that shares my values,” said Gephardt, who received a score of 91 percent.

“Democrats have consistently voted in favor of issues important to the Hispanic community such as ensuring that Hispanic Americans have the same voting rights as other Americans, that all children have access to an excellent public education and that tax breaks go to working families instead of big corporations.

“When it comes to choosing between supporting Hispanic families and working for special interests, the NHLA score-card proves that the majority of Republicans in Congress voted against hard working Hispanic families,” said Gephardt.

“Republicans have consistently voted against the interests of the Hispanic community. The average score for Congressional Republicans was 8.4 percent and two of the three top House Republican leaders had adopted positions and cast votes that earned them a score of 0 percent from NHLA, with an average of 3 percent for Republican House Leaders.

“Founded in 1991, the NHLA is a nonpartisan coalition of national, public policy and civil rights organizations and prominent leaders from across the United States. NHLA’s mission is to provide the Hispanic community with greater visibility and a clearer, stronger voice in our nation’s affairs.”

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