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Washington D.C.
United States Senate
News Release
Friday, May 05, 2017

For Cinco de Mayo, Sens. Cornyn, Menendez Celebrate Contributions of Mexican-Americans with Bipartisan Resolution

WASHINGTON – In observance of Cinco de Mayo, U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) led a group of Senators in introducing a bipartisan resolution recognizing the significance of this Mexican-American holiday commemorating May 5, 1862, when the Battle of Puebla was fought by Mexicans struggling for their independence and freedom.  It also recognizes the many contributions of Mexican-Americans give to our nation. The resolution, which was adopted by the full Senate on Thursday, calls upon the people of the United States to observe Cinco de Mayo with respect, while partaking in fun and culturally appropriate ceremonies and activities.

“On Cinco de Mayo we recognize the anniversary of Mexico’s victory at the Battle of Puebla, and we celebrate the strong U.S.-Mexico relationship that has stemmed from our nations’ similar revolutionary beginnings,” said Sen. Cornyn. “Both nations were born from a courageous spirit, and we must continue to honor our shared values and goals by fostering a close binational relationship.”

“As the U.S. and Mexico continue to be inextricably linked by our history, geography, and people, it is an honor to reintroduce this resolution marking Mexico’s victory in the Battle of Puebla and in support of our Mexican-American population, who today still hold this admirable sense of strength and perseverance,” said Senator Menendez. “Our histories, our cultures, and our people are tied together and we must continue to stand up and demonstrate that the United States respects and celebrates the contributions and achievements of Mexican-Americans that have made ours a better nation.”

This year’s bipartisan Cinco de Mayo resolution was also co-sponsored by Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Ben Cardin (D-Maryland), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.).

The full text of the Resolution is available online here.

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