Joaquín Castro Will Chair Hispanic Caucus
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) on Friday elected Congressman Joaquín Castro (D-TX) its Chair for the 116th Congress. The 44-year-old San Antonio native, who has served in Congress since 2013, said that the CHC plans to work on creating opportunities for all Americans by removing barriers to education, raising minimum wages, increasing diversity across all sectors, lowering the cost of healthcare, and pushing back against climate change. “With 39 Members making the Caucus the largest it has been since our founding, we have a lot of work ahead of us in the 116th Congress and it will be important to deliver results and solutions to the American people,” said Castro. “We will also continue holding the Administration accountable for their failed handling of Hurricane Maria, and dishonest efforts to add a citizenship question to the census. From separating families at the border, tear gassing women and children seeking asylum, and proposing to gut the Flores Settlement Agreement to indefinitely detain immigrant families, it is critical we continue shedding light on Trump’s inhumane immigration policies. ” He will be replacing outgoing Congresswoman Michelle Luján Grisham (D-NM), who is leaving to become governor of New Mexico. Joining Castro on the leadership team will be Congressman Rubén Gallego (D-AZ) as First Vice Chair; Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-CA) as Second Vice Chair; Congressman Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) as Whip; and Congresswoman-electVerónica Escobar (D-TX) as Freshman Representative. More here.