News Releases

Statement on U.S. Senate Health Care Vote

July 25, 2017


WASHINGTON, D.C.–Hispanic Leadership Fund President, Mario H. Lopez issued the following statement in response to today’s pending vote on healthcare vote in the U.S. Senate:

“The Hispanic Leadership Fund strongly encourages all Members of the U.S. Senate to move forward on creating a patient-centered healthcare plan that will allow working American families access to more affordable and quality health care.

“Since its passage in the dead of night in 2010, the ‘Affordable’ Care Act, also known as Obamacare, has been anything but affordable for working class Americans.  In communities across the country, premiums and costs have skyrocketed while coverage options have dwindled.

“HLF supports a free market health care system that expands choice so that all Americans have access to affordable healthcare.  The evidence shows that forcing millions of working class families and small businesses into expensive, poor quality Obamacare plans that they do not want or cannot afford has a negative economic impact that needs to be reversed.”

Hispanic Leadership Fund Announces Gus Portela as Director of External Affairs & Operations

July 10, 2017


WASHINGTON, D.C.–The Hispanic Leadership Fund announced today it has expanded its team, hiring Gustavo J. Portela as its Director of External Affairs & Operations.

“Gus is bringing terrific experience and skills to HLF as we continue to focusing on expanding our advocacy and communication activities in Latino communities across the United States,” said HLF president Mario H. Lopez.  “His dedication to expanding the Center-Right base and his political acumen will serve HLF well as we continue our growth in the face of crucial ongoing policy battles, and of course ahead of the 2018 mid-term elections.”

Portela previously served as Political Director and Executive Director of the College Republican National Committee during the 2014 and 2016 cycles, respectively.  During his tenure, CRNC pioneered new avenues towards reaching younger generations. Through direct online engagement with mediums such as Hulu, Pandora, Spotify, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, the organization delivered nearly 85 million impressions to voters in the 18-29 demographic in over 22 states during his 4-year tenure at the CRNC.

Prior to the College Republican National Committee, Gus worked as a campaign manager on a local mayoral race in Michigan in 2013, as a member of the Delegate Operations team for Rick Santorum’s Presidential campaign in 2012, for the Michigan-based political firm Strategic National in 2010.  He aided State Senator Bill Hardiman’s campaign for Congress in Michigan’s 3rd congressional district.

Born in Puerto Rico, Gus was raised in Michigan and currently resides in Washington, D.C.

Statement on Change in Cuba Policy

June 16, 2017


WASHINGTON, D.C.–Hispanic Leadership Fund President, Mario H. Lopez, issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s speech today in Miami on Cuba policy:

“The Hispanic Leadership Fund applauds President Trump for working to ensure that U.S. funds are not channeled to a government that fails to meet the most fundamental requirements of a free and just society.  We have always maintained that the Cuban military and security apparatus, which are the instruments that the communist government uses to oppress the Cuban people, should not benefit from U.S.-derived revenue. 

“The Obama’s Administration’s ‘opening to Cuba’ was a shameful surrender to the demands of Castro and his communist dictatorship.  We call on Congress to uphold current U.S. law which sets conditions for the lifting of sanctions on the island, and we look forward to the day when there is real change in Cuba that brings freedom and opportunity to people who have suffered under a brutal communist regime.”

HLF Joins Coalition Advocating to Protect Federalism in Tort Reform

June 13, 2017


WASHINGTON, D.C.–The Hispanic Leadership Fund, along with several other conservative organizations, wrote a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan opposing H.R. 1215, a bill that would ‘federalize’ state tort law.  The groups expressed concern about an approach that disregards federalism.  An excerpt is below:

“Regardless of the merits of this bill, it is critical to note that more than 30 states already have some form of cap on damages in such litigation, while 18 others bar such restrictions on awards either by constitutional provision or via state court decisions holding them unconstitutional.
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Overriding state constitutional provisions and interpretation denies states and their citizens essential liberties as well as an important check and balance on the power of the national government: the ability to protect their interests by keeping government and the settlement of legal disputes closest to them where actions can be monitored and held accountable. Moreover, federalization of the law in this manner snuffs out the spirit of innovation and the distinct regional strengths that lie at the heart of American greatness.”

HLF president Mario H. Lopez also recently wrote a piece on this issue for The Hill: Congress shouldn’t undermine federalism in effort to reform healthcare, in which he highlighted the important role of federalism as a Constitutional check on power.

Statement on Alexander Acosta’s Confirmation as Secretary of Labor

April 27, 2017


WASHINGTON, D.C.–The Hispanic Leadership Fund issued the following statement from its president Mario H. Lopez following the U.S. Senate vote to confirm Alexander Acosta as Secretary of Labor:

“The Hispanic Leadership Fund commends all Senators who voted to confirm Alexander Acosta as the new Secretary of Labor.  Mr. Acosta is a well respected attorney who will fight to expand opportunities for every working class American.  We have faith that Mr. Acosta will help strengthen the direction of the Department of Labor.  He will be a committed advocate for policies that give Americans the chance to prosper and live the American dream. 

“In addition, HLF is pleased to see the confirmation of the first Hispanic to President Trump’s cabinet.  As we’ve stated previously, there are plenty of highly qualified, principled, and patriotic Latinos  who are more than capable of serving their country at all levels of public service.”

The Hispanic Leadership Fund previously sent a letter to the U.S. Senate in support of Acosta’s nomination.

Statement on the Confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court

April 7, 2017


WASHINGTON, D.C.–Following the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Hispanic Leadership Fund issued the following statement from its president, Mario H. Lopez:

“The Hispanic Leadership Fund commends the bipartisan group of U.S. Senators for voting to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch as the newest Justice on the Supreme Court even after Chuck Schumer and most of his Democrat colleagues cynical and hypocritical attempted to play politics with the nomination process.  The Democrat filibuster on Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation was extraordinary and never done to any U.S. Supreme Court nomination in history.

“Supreme Court Justices are charged with applying principles set forth in the Constitution and not with substituting their own political preferences for what is found in the law.  Throughout his career as a litigator and a federal court of appeals judge, Judge Gorsuch has demonstrated a deep understanding and commitment to protecting our nation’s laws while seeking justice for all.  Our country will be greatly served by having such a talented, experienced, and respected judge serving on the Supreme Court.”

Statement on Confirmation of Rick Perry for Secretary of Energy

March 2, 2017


WASHINGTON, D.C.–The Hispanic Leadership Fund issued the following statement from its president Mario H. Lopez in response to the U.S. Senate confirming Gov. Rick Perry as Secretary of Energy:

“As the former governor of the state of Texas, Governor Perry created 2.2 million new jobs while enacting energy policies that helped the state’s economy prosper for working class Americans.

Under Gov. Perry’s leadership, Texas’ natural gas production increased by 50% while its oil production soared by 260%, returning to levels not seen since the 1970s. During Perry’s last five years as governor, thriving oil and gas exploration and extraction helped Texas to lead the nation in new job creation. He also expanded the use of clean energy and made Texas a leader in that sector.

We will advocate for saving small businesses from the negative effects of over regulating and job killing energy policies of the last eight years. We look forward to working with Gov. Perry on spreading the positive economic impact he created in Texas throughout the rest of the country.”

The Hispanic Leadership Fund previously sent a letter to the U.S. Senate in support of Gov. Perry’s nomination.

Statement on President Trump’s Joint Address to Congress

February 28, 2017


WASHINGTON, D.C.–Hispanic Leadership Fund President, Mario H. Lopez issued the following statement in reaction to President Trump’s joint address to Congress:

“We are encouraged by the president’s overall message about vital challenges faced by our nation and the need to address them. 

HLF supports promoting more economic growth by lowering taxes for working-class families, cutting wasteful spending and reducing cumbersome regulations for small businesses.  It is past time to pass a much-needed tax reform so that businesses can compete and prosper. 

While we are encouraged about the call for immigration reform, as a nation we need to understand that the economic truth is that immigrants as a whole from all skill levels contribute massively to our country’s economic growth and pay their own way as taxpayers.  We strongly agree that removing bad actors from the country should be the highest priority and applaud the recognition of DACA recipients as not in the same category as those who have committed serious crimes.  Smart reform that secures the border and constructively addresses the future flow of workers will be a win for all Americans.

Congress must also establish a health care system that expands choice so that all Americans have access to affordable healthcare.  All Americans should have a choice on purchasing health insurance through a national marketplace.  Free market competition benefits consumers. 

Every child must have access to a high-quality education, no matter their zip code or their parent’s income.  Our underprivileged youth, including millions of Latino children, deserve access to good schools and great teachers.  This an indeed the civil rights issue of our time.

The Hispanic Leadership Fund stands ready to work with Congress and the president for policies and laws that lift working-class families so everyone can achieve the American Dream.”