Senate Hispanic Leadership Summit Convened in Washington, D.C.

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Published: Sat Oct 01 2005


Washington - Nelson Cuba of Jacksonville, Fl. and President of the Jacksonville F.O.P. (Fraternal Order of Police) recently attended the Senate Hispanic Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. The two-day conference provided a forum for more than 350 Hispanic participants from across the country to discuss a range of policy issues with members of the United States Congress and the Bush Administration. The conference participants were nominated to attend by their member of Congress. Nelson Cuba was the only participant to attend from Jacksonville and was nominated by Senator Mel Martinez.

"Bringing together Hispanic leaders and our federal officials for an open dialogue and exchange of ideas is vital to our nationís continuing efforts to address the most pressing issues affecting our families, communities, and nation," said Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX), chairman of the Summit. Participants were encouraged to provide feedback and questions for each panel.

Senate Majority Leader William H. Frist, M.D. (TN) welcomed the delegates. Summit Co-Chair Sen. Mel Martinez (FL) joined Sen. Hutchison to update participants on Congressí accomplishments in the last session and briefed them on the upcoming agenda. Sen. Orrin Hatch (UT) spoke on education opportunities; Sen. Jon Kyl (AZ) outlined ideas for immigration reform, and Sen. Pete Domenici (NM) discussed the recently passed Energy bill.

Several members of President Bushís administration addressed the Summitís attendees, including special guest speaker U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez. Hector Barreto, director of Small Business Administration, led the economic panel; U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Richard Carmona was the keynote speaker on the health care panel; and Kathleen Leos, Associate Assistant Deputy and senior Policy Advisor, Office of English Language Acquisition, U.S. Department of Education, updated attendees on the Presidentís education programs, including No child Left Behind.

"Hispanic achievements have greatly influenced Americaís policy-making, its economy, medical, and artistic fields. Collaborating on and bringing forward more ideas will continue to help shape our legislative agenda and a better quality of life for all Americans," said Sen. Martinez, the Summitís Co-Chair.

" This was one of the most informative and interesting events Iíve attended in a while, with some of the most powerful political figures in the nation," said Nelson Cuba

Contact:
Jacksonville F.O.P. (Fraternal Order of Police)
Rene Angers
Tel: 904 398 7010

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