News Releases

Statement on Congressional Hispanic Caucus Denying Membership to Rep. Carlos Curbelo

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 16, 2017

CONTACT:
Press@HispanicLeadershipFund.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Mario H. Lopez, President of the Hispanic Leadership Fund and a former Executive Director of the Congressional Hispanic Conference, issued the following statement in response to the decision by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that rejected Rep. Carlos Curbelo’s (R-FL) membership in the group:

“Today’s vote once again shows that the Congressional Hispanic Caucus places blind partisanship and childish antics over the interests of the Latino community.  It is a shame that the caucus won’t allow any other Hispanic Member of Congress in simply because of  party affiliation.

“The Hispanic Caucus attacks regarding Rep. Curbelo’s stance on immigration are false and misleading.  Congressman Curbelo has proven that he’s willing to work across the aisle on getting much needed immigration reform passed.  Unlike the Hispanic Caucus members who refuse to even listen to ideas from people in the opposite party, Members of Congress outside of the Hispanic Caucus from both parties are currently working together to pass legislation that protects immigrants who benefit our economy and society.”

Statement on Passage of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in U.S. House of Representatives

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 16, 2017

CONTACT:
Press@HispanicLeadershipFund.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Hispanic Leadership Fund president Mario H. Lopez issued the following statement following passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in the U.S. House of Representatives:

“The Hispanic Leadership Fund applauds Members of Congress who have taken an important step toward much needed reform of our tax system. Lower rates for the middle-class, more jobs, and increased economic opportunity are important goals that give working families the opportunity to pursue the American dream.

“We look forward to seeing the same kind of progress with the U.S. Senate as they prepare to debate similar legislation.”

Statement on FCC Plan to Update Local Media Ownership Rules

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 7, 2017

CONTACT:
Press@HispanicLeadershipFund.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Hispanic Leadership Fund President Mario H. Lopez issued the following statement in response to a recent announcement from Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai regarding the agency’s plan to vote on updating outdated media ownership rules:

“The Hispanic Leadership Fund supports modernizing regulations that were written for a vastly different media landscape and that distort the marketplace. One of the most egregious examples is of such rules involves prohibiting TV or radio stations from buying a local newspaper. Fixing these antiquated regulations—which have been in place during a precipitous decline in newspaper ownership—is a fearless step forward in making true progress.

“Media entities cannot exist without investors and need access to capital to grow. To think that a Hispanic-owned radio station could be banned from buying a Spanish-language newspaper in the name of diversifying media ownership is simply absurd. We are excited that Chairman Pai is taking on the inertia that stymies opportunities for growth of media.

“Lastly, we are additionally supportive of the FCC looking to establish an incubator program which will encourage access to media ownership for women and people of color.”

Statement of the Release of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 2, 2017

CONTACT:
Press@HispanicLeadershipFund.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The Hispanic Leadership Fund, issued the following statement from its President Mario H. Lopez, in response to today’s release of the tax reform bill in the U.S. House of Representatives, known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:

“We are highly encouraged that the low-overdue process of reforming out nation’s broken tax code is finally here. It is critically important to the American economy that the focus is rightly placed on creating jobs, increasing income for working families, and giving all Americans the opportunity to pursue the American dream.”

“The Hispanic Leadership Fund applauds Speaker Paul Ryan and members of the House of Representatives for their commitment to strengthening the economy.  We stand ready to work with key Members of Congress to advance sound policy that lowers taxes and spurs job creation.”

Statement on Gubernatorial Candidate Ed Gillespie’s Healthcare Plan for Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 2, 2017

CONTACT:
Press@HispanicLeadershipFund.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Mario H. Lopez, president of the Hispanic Leadership Fund, issued the following statement in response to the recent healthcare proposal released by Republican gubernatorial nominee Ed Gillespie:

“In the Commonwealth, health care premiums and costs have skyrocketed while coverage options have dwindled.  Any plan that seeks to break down barriers to care and eliminate burdensome regulations is a step in the right direction for Virginia.  For example, access to health care is hindered by the outdated “Certificate of Public Need” law that forces health care providers to wade through bureaucratic red tape red tape–including having plans challenged by competitors–before expanding services to communities they serve.  Ed’s plan recognizes this growing problem.  Repealing COPN laws in the Commonwealth will increase competition–giving patients more options when making health care decisions.  “The Hispanic Leadership Fund applauds Ed for creating a patient-centered healthcare plan to lower costs by increasing competitiongiving patients more options when making health care decisions and allowing working families increased access to more affordable and higher quality health care.”

 

Statement on GOP Tax Reform Framework

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 27, 2017

CONTACT:
Press@HispanicLeadershipFund.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Mario H. Lopez, President of the Hispanic Leadership Fund, issued the following statement in response to the tax reform proposal release by President Trump and Congressional leaders:

“The Hispanic Leadership Fund applauds the tax reform framework—today’s proposal is the start of much needed reform to fix our country’s broken tax code.  We applaud the focus on relief for middle-class families, increasing the Child Tax Credit, substantially lowering the top rate for small and family-owned businesses, and lowering the corporate rate from the highest in the world to a level that will spur job creation and economic growth.

“This framework for tax reform is a step forward for working families, small businesses that power our economy, and anyone who wants to see better and higher paying jobs here in the U.S.  The Hispanic Leadership Fund stands ready to work with members of Congress for tax policy that strengthens our economy, creates jobs, and gives all families the opportunity to pursue the American dream.”

Response to the Introduction of the SUCCEED Act in the U.S. Senate

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September 25, 2017

CONTACT:
Press@HispanicLeadershipFund.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Hispanic Leadership Fund President Mario H. Lopez issued the following statement in response to the introduction of the SUCCEED Act in the U.S. Senate, a bill that if enacted into law, would establish an earned path to legal status for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children if they serve in the military, graduate from college, or work.

“The Hispanic Leadership Fund applauds Republican Senators Tillis, Lankford, and Hatch for introducing the SUCCEED Act. This bill is a great step toward a reasonable and constructive conservative solution to the Dreamer issue. We urge all Members of Congress to recognize that punishing kids for their parents actions is both misguided and counterproductive to improving the American economy as a whole, especially when those kids have been vetted and are productive members of society.”

Recent studies show that Dreamers are a positive economic factor in our country and this bill will help increase the U.S. GDP by $81 Billion in over a decade while generating $22 Billion in new government revenue and creating over 117,000 new jobs. [Smith, Karl and Jeremy L. Neufeld. The Economic and Fiscal Impact of the SUCCEED Act. Niskanen Center 25 September 2017.]

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Appoints HLF President to Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment

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September 12, 2017

CONTACT:
Press@HispanicLeadershipFund.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The Hispanic Leadership Fund announced today that the organization’s President, Mario H. Lopez, has been appointed by the Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to serve on the FCC’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE).

“I am excited and honored to join an advisory committee that will give advice and insight to the FCC on ways to help strengthen businesses and empower consumers with the latest innovation and technology.” said Mario H. Lopez. “In order for all Americans to achieve the American dream, it is important that hard-working families have access to modern tools and resources—and certainly technology is a huge component of that.”

The mission of the ACDDE is to make recommendations to the Commission on how to empower underprivileged communities and accelerate the entry of small businesses, including those owned by women and minorities into the media, digital news and information, and audio and video programming industries.  The Committee will also provide recommendations to the Commission on how to ensure that disadvantaged communities are not denied the wide range of opportunities made possible by next-generation networks.  In formulating its recommendations, the Committee may gather and develop data, examine industry trends and practices, and consider both industry-based solutions, as well as targeted regulatory or legislative solutions, to respond to the challenges identified by the Committee.

In the FCC statement announcing the formation of the ACDDE, chairman Pai said that “all Americans should have the opportunity to participate in the communications marketplace, no matter their race, gender, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.  I hope this committee will help our agency take important steps towards increasing diversity throughout the communications industry and bringing digital opportunity to all Americans.”