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Text of A resolution recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month and celebrating the heritage and culture of Hispanic Americans and their immense contributions to ...

...immense contributions to the Nation.

This simple resolution was agreed to on October 2, 2007. That is the end of the legislative process for a simple resolution. The text of the bill below is as of Oct 2, 2007 (Resolution Agreed to).

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III

110th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. RES. 342

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

October 2, 2007

(for himself, Mr. Martinez, Mr. Menendez, Mr. Reid, Mr. Durbin, Mr. Lieberman, Mr. Cardin, Mr. Lautenberg, Ms. Stabenow, Mr. Obama, Mr. Bingaman, Mr. Whitehouse, Mr. Lugar, Mrs. Boxer, Mr. Domenici, Mrs. Hutchison, Mr. Cornyn, Mr. Kerry, Mr. Specter, Mr. Dodd, Mr. Voinovich, Mrs. Dole, and Mr. Crapo) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to

RESOLUTION

Recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month and celebrating the heritage and culture of Hispanic Americans and their immense contributions to the Nation.

Whereas from September 15, 2007, through October 15, 2007, the country celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month;

Whereas the Census Bureau estimates the Hispanic population in the United States at 44,300,000 people, making Hispanic Americans the largest ethnic minority within the United States;

Whereas 1 in every 3 children under the age of 18 in the United States is Hispanic, and there are now more than 14,000,000 Hispanic children living in the United States;

Whereas the purchasing power of Hispanic Americans is projected to reach $1,000,000,000,000 by 2010 and there are more than 1,600,000 Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States, representing the economic contributions and spirit of entrepreneurship of the Hispanic community;

Whereas Hispanic Americans serve in all branches of the Armed Forces, bravely fought in every war in United States history, and continue to serve with distinction in Afghanistan and Iraq;

Whereas 140,000 Hispanic soldiers served in the Korean War;

Whereas more than 80,000 Hispanics served in the Vietnam War, representing 5.5 percent of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country in that conflict although they comprised only 4.5 percent of the United States population at the time;

Whereas approximately 11 percent, the largest percentage of any ethnic or racial group, of the more than 3,700 United States military fatalities in Iraq have been Hispanic;

Whereas there are more than 1,100,000 Hispanic veterans of the United States Armed Forces;

Whereas 41 Hispanic Americans have received the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the United States Armed Forces;

Whereas Hispanic Americans are dedicated public servants, holding posts at the highest levels of government, including 3 seats in the United States Senate; and

Whereas Hispanic Americans harbor a deep commitment to family and community, an enduring work ethic, and a perseverance to succeed and contribute to society: Now, therefore, be it

That the Senate—

(1)

recognizes the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15, 2007, through October 15, 2007;

(2)

honors the heritage and culture of Hispanic Americans and their immense contributions to the life of the Nation; and

(3)

urges the people of the United States to observe Hispanic Heritage Month with appropriate programs and activities.