Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement today in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins today, September 15, and runs through October 15:
"During Hispanic Heritage month, we honor our country's vibrant Latino community. The rich contributions of Latinos throughout America's history is a source of pride, and of strength, to our nation.
"Whether serving with great patriotism in our Armed Forces or in public service, succeeding in business and in the arts, or preserving and sharing their culture, Hispanics make America more American.
"During Hispanic Heritage Month we celebrate a fundamental truth: the Hispanic dream is the American dream. Hispanics enrich our nation with their commitment to family and faith, education and work. This month, we celebrate their contributions as part of the rich tapestry of our nation.
"To honor the character of America, we must pass comprehensive immigration reform. Last year, in one of our proudest moments, Democrats passed the DREAM Act in the House of Representatives. Even though the legislation received a majority vote in the Senate, it did not meet the Senate's 60-vote requirement. I remain committed to working with President Obama and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in Congress to enact the DREAM Act into law."