Bipartisan Resolution Recognizes Historical, Cultural Significance of Cinco de Mayo
Washington, D.C. - The Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution introduced by U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and John Cornyn (R-TX) to commemorate Cinco de Mayo. The resolution recognizes the historical significance of the 1862 Battle of Puebla, when Mexicans won an unlikely victory over the French as a part of their struggle for independence and freedom.
"Cinco De Mayo serves as an important reminder of the resilience, bravery, and fierce independent spirit of our nation's Mexican Americans," Bennet said. "Colorado is home to a large and proud Latino community that has played an integral role in our state's history and made invaluable contributions to our country. Cinco de Mayo is a time to celebrate those contributions and a reminder to continue our work to ensure opportunity for the next generation, including improving education and access to college, increasing economic opportunities, and fixing our broken immigration system."
"On Cinco de Mayo we celebrate not only an important military battle for Mexico, but our nations' shared foundation in courage and the quest for freedom," said Cornyn. "I'm honored to join Senator Bennet in introducing this bipartisan resolution marking Cinco de Mayo, and continue to be grateful for the countless contributions of Mexican-Americans to our rich and diverse culture."
The resolution is cosponsored by Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Patty Murray (D-WA), Harry Reid (D-NV), Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Tom Udall (D-NM), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Al Franken (D-MN).
Click here to read the full text of the resolution.