May 25, 2017

Senate Unanimously Passes Measure Recognizing Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan resolution led by Senators Kamala D. Harris, Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) to recognize May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The resolution celebrates the contributions of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.

"I am proud to stand alongside my Senate colleagues to celebrate the strides that the Asian American and Pacific Islander community has made in public service, media, education, and beyond," said Senator Harris. "I remain committed to representing and fighting for the 6.5 million Asian American and Pacific Islanders in California, and for those living across the country. During Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, let us recognize and celebrate the immense contributions of the AAPI community and remember the strength that comes from having such diversity in our country."

The legislation is also co-sponsored by Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Cory A. Booker (D-N.J.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.), Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), Jeffrey A. Merkley (D-Ore.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Robert P. Casey, Jr (D-Pa.), and Dean Heller (R-Nev.).

2017 marks several significant milestones for the AAPI community, including the 115th anniversary of the date of enactment of the Act of July 1, 1862 which promoted the construction of the transcontinental railroad which was completed with substantial contributions from immigrants from China, the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 which authorized the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, and the 25th anniversary of the formal establishment of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.