Posted on September 15, 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today recognized the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated September 15-October 15 throughout the United States. Alexander is an original cosponsor of S.RES.238, a resolution recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month and “celebrating the vast contributions of Hispanic Americans to the strength and culture of our nation” that was introduced by Majority Leader Bill Frist and passed by unanimous consent in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday. “I’m proud to join Senator Frist in a resolution recognizing the many achievements and cultural contributions of Hispanics to our great nation,” said Alexander. “Our national motto is e pluribus unum – from many, one. As Americans, we celebrate our diversity while recognizing that our greatest strength comes from the principles that unite us as one nation, principles like liberty, equal opportunity, and the rule of law. “Our country’s national observances allow us to learn more about American history by recognizing the contributions of those who have helped to shape our national institutions. I hope we will all use this month to celebrate the contributions of Hispanics to our country and reflect on what it means to be an American.” S.RES.238 is also cosponsored by Sens. George Allen (R-VA), Richard Burr (R-NC), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Norm Coleman (R-MN), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Chuck Hagel (R-NE), James Inhofe (R-OK), Mel Martinez (R-FL), John McCain (R-AZ), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Barack Obama (D-IL), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Ken Salazar (D-CO), Rick Santorum (R-PA), Ted Stevens (R-AK), Jim Talent (R-MO) and George Voinovich (R-OH).