Washington D.C. – Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo recently joined several of her colleagues in celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, at a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol hosted by the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), which she serves on as Vice Chair.
She also attended the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) 2012 awards dinner, where President Obama spoke about the contributions of the APA community and his Administration’s support for addressing their specific needs and concerns.
Also represented at the APAICS event was the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), a coalition of 30 APA organizations from across the country. NCAPA recently released its 2012 Policy Blueprint for Action, which works, in part, to advance the interests of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. Among its key priorities, the Council is working to restore Medicaid eligibility for migrants from the Freely Associated States and lift Medicaid caps for the Pacific Island territories. The blueprint also promotes the passage of H.R. 44, the Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act, to implement the recommendations of the Guam War Claims Review Commission.
[L.-R.: Congresswoman Bordallo joins Dr. Nerissa Bretania Underwood, former Superintendent of the Guam Department of Education; Dr. Robert Underwood, President of the University of Guam; and Rep. Judy Chu of California, CAPAC Chair, at the 2012 Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies Awards Dinner.]
“Asian Pacific American Heritage Month presents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements and contributions of the fastest growing minority populations in our country, and to draw attention to the hurdles we have yet to overcome,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “I appreciate that President Obama has reaffirmed his Administration’s commitment to addressing inequities among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. I also appreciate that the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans is working to promote the interests of the APA community with its Policy Blueprint for Action, and for including Guam war claims. The passage of war claims remains my highest legislative priority in Congress, and I will continue to work to resolve this longstanding injustice for Guam.
“NCAPA’s directive also highlights Medicaid inequities in the territories and the need to restore Medicaid eligibility for migrants from the Freely Associated States who are living in the United States. Despite the inequities that continue to exist, Republicans recently advanced legislation that would move us backwards and reverse the progress made in the Affordable Care Act. These kinds of blind cuts demonstrate the need to continue to raise awareness of the most critical issues facing our communities.”