Today, Congressman José E. Serrano, reflected on the outcome of the national elections. He said that in a variety of different races and on a variety of different issues, Americans signaled their desire to move forward.
"The results of yesterday's election show that Americans want to continue to move forward on many different issues. They were asking to continue to move the economy in the positive direction that it has been moving for the past 31 months, and asking for progress on other issues.
"I was pleased to see both major candidates for President agreeing to withdraw the combat troops from Afghanistan. Americans made it clear an end to their patience for nation building abroad while we need to do nation building here at home. I look forward to a robust debate on where to apply the savings that we garner from ending that war. I will be advocating that we apply it to programs that benefit working families and those with the least in our society. This is the best way to stimulate our economy.
"I believe that there was a clear mandate for comprehensive immigration reform. Any party that stands in the way will continue to suffer the electoral consequences, as the pro-immigrant voting bloc continues to expand and flex its muscle at the voting booths. We cannot put the dreams and aspirations of a whole community on hold for any longer. The time has come to move forward on this important issue.
"I was particularly impressed with the outcome of the "status' referendum in Puerto Rico. A majority of those voting signaled the desire to change the current territorial status. In a second question an even larger majority asked to become a state. This is an earthquake in Puerto Rican politics. It will demand the attention of Congress, and a definitive answer to the Puerto Rican request for change. This is a history-making moment where voters asked to move forward.
"I was heartened to see numerous states voting in favor of marriage equality--following in the footsteps of states like New York that have blazed the trail on this important issue. Yet again we are seeing that the power of love and the belief in family can and will overcome opposition in the end. Little by little, our friends and family in the gay community are finally getting all the rights that our society guarantees. Yesterday on this issue, voters showed that they want to move forward towards a more fair and just society.
"Yet again our citizens have shown that they are the true leaders in this nation. They have shown us the direction that they want the country to move. Now those of us who have been honored to hold public office have the responsibility to carry that out. We will continue to move the nation forward. That's what Americans voted for yesterday."