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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.

Statement on the Confirmation of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 7, 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 Betsy DeVos as the next Secretary of Education:

“The Hispanic Leadership Fund commends the Senate for voting to confirm Betsy DeVos as the next Secretary of Education.  Mrs. DeVos has been a tireless advocate for the future of our children and parental choice in education.  We strongly believe that Mrs. DeVos will make a positive impact for our children just as she brought positive results in her home state of Michigan.”

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

Statement on the Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 31, 2017

CONTACT:
press@HispanicLeadershipFund.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Today, the President of the Hispanic Leadership Fund, Mario H. Lopez, issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s appointment of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court:

Judge Neil Gorsuch has had an exceptional record of defending the Constitution and our fundamental rights such as the 2nd amendment and the right to religious liberty.  It is vital that Justices on the Supreme Court adhere to the Constitution and refrain from putting their own preferences ahead of the law.

During his 25 years of practicing law, Judge Gorsuch has been recognized for his hard work by his colleagues by receiving the prestigious Edward J. Randolph Award for his astonishing service to the Department of Justice and the Harry S. Truman Foundation’s Stevens Award for outstanding public service in the field of law.

The Hispanic Leadership Fund supports Judge Gorsuch and will advocate all members of the U.S. Senate to confirm his nomination.”

Analysis of U.S. House of Representatives Elections Shows Neutral Effect of Immigration Positions for GOP Candidates

Study on 2014 Competitive Races Demonstrates Republicans Are not Hurt by a Less Restrictive Position, Are not Helped by a More Restrictive Position

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 1, 2016

CONTACT:
press@HispanicLeadershipFund.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The Hispanic Leadership Fund (HLF), a nonpartisan advocacy organization that promotes individual liberty, opportunity, and prosperity, today announced the release of a report that demonstrates that Republicans running for Congress are neither helped by more restrictive immigration positions nor hurt by less restrictive immigration positions.

The report, titled “Fear Not,” offers data to support this finding by focusing on sixty-six U.S. House races during the 2014 midterm elections that were officially rated “competitive” by the Cook Political Report. The analysis catalogued and quantified candidate immigration positions in each of those sixty-six U.S. House races on an eight-point scale that measures restrictiveness of immigration positions taken by the candidates.

“The analysis demonstrates that there are little consequences towards a candidate’s election chances based on their stance on immigration.” said Mario H. Lopez, President of the Hispanic Leadership Fund.  “Despite the shrill voices telling them otherwise, Republicans have no need to fear adopting a reasonable immigration position that actually solves the problem—strong border security, reform of the bureaucratic legal system, and a tough but fair process for dealing with those currently here.”

The report shows the following:

  • In 2014, Republicans won a strong majority of competitive House seats their candidate held a “compromise” position on immigration (43 out of 66 races, 65%).
  • A total of 56 Republican candidates held positions ranging from N1-N5. Of these, 34 won (61%)
  • In several polls taken during the 2014 election (and exit polls after), a majority of voters responded by saying healthcare and the economy were the top issues that would determining their vote while immigration was on the bottom of their priority list.
  • Historically the President’s party loses U.S. House seats during mid-term elections. That trend continued in 2014.

The complete report can be found here (PDF): http://bit.ly/GOPFearNot