News Releases

Statement on Change in Cuba Policy

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June 16, 2017

CONTACT:
press@HispanicLeadershipFund.org

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

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June 13, 2017

CONTACT:
press@HispanicLeadershipFund.org

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

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April 27, 2017

CONTACT:
press@HispanicLeadershipFund.org

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

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April 7, 2017

CONTACT:
press@HispanicLeadershipFund.org

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

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March 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 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

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February 28, 2017

CONTACT:
press@HispanicLeadershipFund.org

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.”

Statement on Nomination of Alexander Acosta for Secretary of Labor

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February 16, 2017

CONTACT:
press@HispanicLeadershipFund.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Hispanic Leadership Fund president, Mario H. Lopez, issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s nomination of Alexander Acosta to be the next Secretary of Labor:

“Alexander Acosta has an outstanding career of serving his country under President George W. Bush’s administration. Mr. Acosta has served on the National Labor Relations Board and has a good understanding about the responsibilities in the Department of Labor.

Mr. Acosta has also been a great defender of crime while serving as the first Hispanic assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice and as the US Attorney for the southern district of Florida. During his time as the dean of Florida International University college of law, FIU has had one the highest bar passing percentages in the state of Florida.

We look forward to hearing his policy plans to grow the economy and help businesses thrive.” 

Statement on the Confirmation of Rep. Tom Price for Secretary of Health and Human Services

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February 10, 2017

CONTACT:
press@HispanicLeadershipFund.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The Hispanic Leadership Fund issued the following statement for its president Mario H. Lopez in response to the U.S. Senate voting to confirm Rep. Tom Price as the next Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services:

“The Hispanic Leadership Fund applauds the confirmation of Rep. Tom Price as the next HHS Secretary.  As a member of Congress and a orthopedic surgeon, Rep. Price understands that Obamacare has been a disaster for working American families, and has been a leader in promoting positive solutions that put patients in charge of their health care decisions.  We look forward to working with him to ensure all Americans have access to high quality, affordable health care.”

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