Latinas Make Up One Percent of All Elected Offices
Latinas Make Up One Percent of All Elected Offices
By Priscilla Rodriguez | 02/07/2014 - 10:10

Women's political representation in the U.S. has always fallen far below that of men. Did you know out of 535 seats in Congress, women hold only 99 of those seats, making us a tiny 18 percent of Congress?

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Barack Obama after the Senate ended the government shutdown
Congress Ends Shutdown, U.S. Government Reopens Its Doors
By Priscilla Rodriguez | 10/17/2013 - 09:55

After 16 days, Congress finally approved a measure to end the partial government shutdown.

The Senate voted 81-18 in favor of the measure, while the House voted 285-144 in favor.

The only votes against the measure in the Senate came from conservative Republicans, including Sen. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.

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Rally in support of immigration reform in Washington DC
Thousands Rally for Immigration Reform, 8 Members of Congress Arrested
By Priscilla Rodriguez | 10/09/2013 - 12:03

Waving flags and chanting, "Si se puede," thousands gathered at Washington D.C.'s National Mall on Tuesday to rally for immigration reform.

According to Fox News Latino, demonstrators came together to demand that Congress finally take action to overhaul the United States' immigration system, and offer a pathway to citizenship for the millions of undocumented immigrants living in the country.

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Arkansas Congressman Steve Womack
Arkansas Congressman Tells Mexican-American to Stop Wearing Mexican Flags
By Samantha Leal | 09/10/2013 - 15:47

Americans shouldn't wear Mexican flags (or any flags symbolizing their heritage). At least, not if they want to have political discussions concerning immigration. That's according to Arkansas Congressman Steve Womack.

The U.S. Repbulican gave an interesting comment to a Mexican-American man who was wearing a shirt that had the Mexican flag on it at a town hall meeting. The man, who introduced himself as a resident of Fort Smith, Arkansas and who is "very proud of his heritage," asked Womack a question.

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Congressman Gary Miller
California Republican Says He Understands Immigrants Because He Was Born in Arizona
By Samantha Leal | 08/28/2013 - 10:14

Oh yes, he did. Republican California congressman Gary Miller told a group of DREAM Act-eligible students that he, too, understands what it's like to be an immigrant, because he's originally from Arkansas.

"You know, I've talked to a lot of young people like [you]," Miller said. "I mean, I understand the difficulty. Just like I was born in Arkansas. I came here when I was a year old."

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Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Create a Smithsonian American Latino Museum
Lawmakers Introduce New Legislation for Smithsonian American Latino Museum in DC
By Priscilla Rodriguez | 08/01/2013 - 09:48

On Wednesday, lawmakers urged Congress to pass a bill that would that would allow the creation of a national Latino American history museum.

According to The Washington Post, a presidential commission called for the creation of a Smithsonian American Latino Museum two years ago, but efforts were stalled in Congress last year.

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Meet New U.S. Congressman Joaquín Castro
By Viviana Hurtado | 03/05/2013 - 16:47

I’m trying to figure out how to explain the impact of sequestration to my Latina readers. These are the automatic cuts divided evenly between defense and domestic spending, totally $1.2 trillion dollars over ten years that kicked in last week when Congress and The White House couldn’t come to an agreement on the federal budget deficit.

Who cares!

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Joaquin Castro Elected President of Democrat Freshmen of 113th Congress
Joaquin Castro Elected President of Democrat Freshmen of 113th Congress
By Fox News Latino | 01/08/2013 - 09:37

Congress freshman Joaquin Castro has begun the new phase of his political career with a splash.

With hardly a week on the job, the Texas Democrat has been chosen by his peers to be president of the freshman class of Democrats in the 113th Congress.

The honor comes just months after his twin brother, Julian, made history when he was selected to deliver the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. Julian Castro, the mayor of San Antonio, was the first Latino to have such a role in a Democratic National Convention.

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Senators Marco Rubio, Bob Menendez and Ted Cruz
Record Number of Latinos Take Their Seats in Congress!
By Samantha Leal | 11/08/2012 - 13:31

A record number of 31 Latinos will be taking seats in the U.S. Congress in January, according to the non-partisan National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials. Three of them will be taking their place in the Senate, while 28 Latinos will head to the House of Representatives, reports the Huffington Post.

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Ted Cruz at the Republican National Convention
Politician Ted Cruz Accused of Not Being Latino Enough
By Samantha Leal | 11/02/2012 - 15:11

Texas Politician and Cuban-American Ted Cruz is getting criticism from those who accuse him of not being Latino enough to represent Texas Hispanics in Congress.

The Republican Texas Senator hopeful is going up against Democrat Paul Sadler, and while his father is Cuban and immigrated to the United States, many say his stance doesn't align with that of the average Texas Latino, reports the Huffington Post.

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