Congressional Hispanic Conference
|Congressional Hispanic Conference|
|Leadership:||Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25)|
|Website||Congressional Hispanic Conference|
According to the official website, "The Congressional Hispanic Conference creates a forum for Members of Congress to collaborate in the creation of a cohesive legislative agenda, and is dedicated to promoting the interests of all Hispanics."
The CHC was founded in 2003 by Mario Diaz-Balart. He was joined by Henry Bonilla, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, his brother Lincoln Diaz-Balart, and Devin Nunes. Lincoln, Bonilla and Ros-Lehtinen were prior members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus but left in the late 1990s over policy disputes.
The conference was founded to counter the Democratic dominance over Hispanic political issues.
|Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart - Chairman||Florida|
|Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen - Vice Chair||Florida|
|Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler||Washington|
|Rep. Devin Nunes||California|
|Rep. David Valadao||California|
|Rep. Bill Flores||Texas|
The Congressional Hispanic Conference lists the following issues:
- Small Businesses
- Excerpt: "All small businesses play a vital role in our economy and are responsible for the creation of 64% of new jobs in the past 15 years and are critical to our future economic success. We must foster small businesses and give them an environment to create jobs and grow the economy."
- The Economy
- Excerpt: "Our nation’s fiscal health is absolutely unacceptable. Right now, we are borrowing almost 40 cents of every dollar the Federal government spends. As a share of the economy, federal spending is at the highest levels seen since World War II. According to Congressional Budget Office estimates, debt held by the public is set to grow as a share of the economy from 62% in 2010 to 100% by 2023, and continue growing after that."
- Border Security and Immigration
- Excerpt: "We are a nation of immigrants, built by immigrants, but also a nation of laws. Our current border security and immigration system is broken. Yet time and time again, the Administration has made promises to the American people on reforming the system, but has failed to provide leadership on the issue."
- Excerpt: "Trade is a vital part of our nation’s economy and we must expand our nation’s trading opportunities through expanded free trade across Latin America. The United States can compete in head-to-head market competition, but we are at a disadvantage if our products and services face stiff tariffs and other market barriers that our competitors do not face."
- Excerpt: "Our children’s education is vital to our nation’s future and we must ensure all children have access to a quality education. Over the past decade, the federal government’s role in education has sharply increased. More and more money has been thrown at the problem and more government bureaucrats have been hired in Washington to study the issues facing our schools."
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