Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus

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Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
Bi-cameral
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Leadership: Judy Chu (D-CA)
Established May 16, 1994
Members 41
Website Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus


The Congressional Asian Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.[1] CAPAC is nonpartisan and bi-cameral.[1]

It is currently led by Congresswoman Judy Chu, who became CAPAC Chair in February 2011.[1]

Mission

The mission of CAPAC is:[2]

  • To ensure that legislation passed by the United States Congress, to the greatest extent possible, provides for the full participation of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and reflects the concerns and needs of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities;
  • To educate other Members of Congress about the history, contributions and concerns of Asian American and Pacific Islanders;
  • To work with other Members and Caucuses to protect and advance the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans;
  • To establish policies on legislation and issues relating to persons of Asian and/or Pacific Islands ancestry who are citizens or nationals of, residents of, or immigrants to, the United States, its territories and possessions; and
  • To provide a structure to coordinate the efforts, and enhance the ability, of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Members of Congress to accomplish those goals.

Leadership

113th Congress

Leadership for the 113th Congress:[3]

History

CAPAC was established on May 16, 1994.[1]

Rep. Norman Mineta, one of the founders of CAPAC, was its first Chair.[1]

Since then, the Caucus has been led by four other prominent Asian American and Pacific Islander Members of Congress: Patsy Mink of Hawaii, Robert A. Underwood of Guam, David Wu of Oregon and Mike Honda of California.[1]

Members

113th Congress

CAPAC Leadership[4]
Member Party State
Rep. Judy Chu - Chair Democratic Party California
Delegate Madeleine Bordallo- Vice-Chair Democratic Party Guam
Rep. Mark Takano - Whip Democratic Party California
Rep. Mike Honda - Chair Emeritus Democratic Party California


CAPAC Executive Board Members[5]
Member Party State
Sen. Mazie Hirono Democratic Party Hawaii
Sen. Brian Schatz Democratic Party Hawaii
Rep. Xavier Becerra Democratic Party California
Rep. Ami Bera Democratic Party California
Rep. Tammy Duckworth Democratic Party Illinois
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Democratic Party Hawaii
Rep. Al Green Democratic Party Texas
Rep. Colleen Hanabusa Democratic Party Hawaii
Rep. Barbara Lee Democratic Party California
Rep. Doris Matsui Democratic Party California
Rep. Grace Meng Democratic Party New York
Delegate Gregorio Sablan Democratic Party Northern Mariana Islands
Delegate Eni Faleomavaega Democratic Party American Samoa
Rep. Bobby Scott Democratic Party Virginia


CAPAC Associate Board Members[6]
Member Party State
Rep. Gerry Connolly Democratic Party Virginia
Rep. John Conyers, Jr. Democratic Party Illinois
Rep. Joseph Crowley Democratic Party New York
Rep. Susan Davis Democratic Party California
Rep. Anna Eshoo Democratic Party California
Rep. Marcia Fudge Democratic Party Ohio
Rep. Raul Grijalva Democratic Party Arizona
Rep. Zoe Lofgren Democratic Party California
Rep. Alan Lowenthal Democratic Party California
Rep. Carolyn Maloney Democratic Party New York
Rep. Jerry McNerney Democratic Party California
Rep. Grace Napolitano Democratic Party California
Rep. Scott Peters Democratic Party California
Rep. Charles Rangel Democratic Party New York
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic Party California
Rep. Linda Sanchez Democratic Party California
Rep. Loretta Sanchez Democratic Party California
Rep. Adam Schiff Democratic Party California
Rep. Brad Sherman Democratic Party California
Rep. Adam Smith Democratic Party Washington
Rep. Jackie Speier Democratic Party California
Rep. Eric Swalwell Democratic Party California
Rep. Chris Van Hollen Democratic Party Maryland

Task forces

The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus is made up of the following task forces:[7]

  • Civil Rights Taskforce
  • Economic Development Taskforce
  • Education Taskforce
  • Healthcare Taskforce
  • Housing Taskforce
  • Immigration Taskforce

Issues

The CAPAC has six main issues it works to address. They include civil rights, economic development, education, healthcare, housing and immigration.[8]

Civil Rights

  • Oppose Racial and Religious Discrimination
  • Protect Voting Rights
  • Promote Language Access

Economic Development

  • Promote Access to Capital
  • Promote Access to Contracting and Procurement
  • Promote Workforce Diversity for AAPIs in the Public and Private Sectors
  • Support Reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act

Education

  • Increase and Improve Data on AAPI Students
  • Ensure Sustainable Funding and Support to the AANAPISI Program
  • Improve Capacity of Educational Institutions to Serve AAPIs
  • Improve Assessment of AAPI Students, Especially AAPI English Language Learners (ELLs
  • Improve Teacher Preparation and Quality
  • Improve AAPI Parental Involvement Programs
  • Increase Availability of Early Childhood Education
  • Safe Environments for All Students
  • Strengthen Title IV, Part A, of the ESEA covering “Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities” by requiring schools to take additional steps to prevent, keep records of, and report bullying and harassment, and to educate school staff and students about these issues.
  • Enable OCR regional offices to pursue more discrimination and harassment claims.

Healthcare

  • Expand Access to Healthcare
  • Ensure Culturally Competent and Linguistically Appropriate Care
  • Improve Data Collection and Health Research
  • Prioritize Prevention and Public Health

Housing

  • Defend Critical Housing and Community Development Programs from Cuts
  • Advocate for Reforms in Secondary Mortgage Market
  • Support Community and Economic Development Programs
  • Expand and Preserve Supply of Affordable Rental Housing
  • Eliminate Abusive and Fraudulent Lending Practices
  • Expand Access to Financial Services and Financial Education
  • Support Increasing Native Hawaiian Homeownership
  • Promote Affordable Homeownership Opportunities

Immigration

  • Support Comprehensive Immigration Reform
  • Support Family Reunification for Filipino WWII Veterans
  • Restore Due Process for Immigrants
  • Promote Access to Citizenship and Integration of AAPI Immigrants
  • Oppose Birthright Citizenship Proposals
  • Oppose Mandatory, Nationwide Implementation of E-Verify
  • Oppose Federal Programs that Authorize State and Local Police to Enforce Federal Immigration Laws
  • Support Administrative Relief for Parents of U.S. Citizen Children, Parents of DREAM students, and DREAM students
  • Support SSI for Elderly and Disabled Refugees

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